All praise is due to Allah (s.w.t.), Creator of the universe.
Peace and blessings be upon His final and noble Messenger, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم.
Ibn Umar (ra) reported Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلّم as saying in connection with Ramadan: “Do not fast till you see the new moon, and do not break fast till you see it” (Sahih Muslim)
The issue of sighting the hilal to determine the Islamic months in the manner prescribed by the Shari’ah has unfortunately been the cause of strife in the Muslim community of North America for quite a while now. Every year the situation seems to deteriorate further into chaos. Insha’Allah this blog is an attempt to analyze the dire situation and offer some perspective with guidance from ‘Ulama (scholars) on the issue.
Bay Area, California (United States)