In 2007 the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR)
came to a consensus in the method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.
Based on this
1st of Ramadan will be on
Monday, September 1, 2008
1st of Shawwal (Eid Al-Fitr) will be on Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The Astronomical New Moon for Ramadan is on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 19:58 Universal Time (i.e., 3:58 pm EDT, and 12:58 pm PDT). According to the criteria adopted by the Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, [the conjunction before sunset and moon setting after sunset in Makkah] first day of Ramadan is on Monday, September 1, 2008.
The Astronomical New Moon for Shawwal is on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 8:12 GMT, 4:12 am EDT, 1:12 am PDT). According to the criteria adopted by the Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Shawwal is on Wednesday, October 1, 2008.
May Allah (swt) keep us on the right path, and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen. For more detailed information, please visit:
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