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2019 Eid Al-Adha
Sunday, August 11th!
The Section Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed recognize Eidul-Adha to be Sunday, th August 11, 2018 (the Day of Arafat this year is Saturday, August 10 , with the Eid celebration occurring the following day).
Allah tells us in Surah 22:30 that whoever honors the sacred rituals (of the Hajj), that is best for them and is nearness to his Guardian, Evolver, Cherisher and Sustainer. In Ayat 32 of that same Surah, Allah tells us that those who honor or magnify the things or symbols of Allah surely it is from sincere G-d consciousness in your hearts. Additionally, Surah 2:198 tells us that when the pilgrims come down from Arafat, they should celebrate the praises of Allah.
Hence, we pray that Allah blesses all Muslims in the world with a wonderful Eidul-Adha!!!
2019 Eid Al-Fitr Wednesday, June 5th!
There have been no credible naked eye sightings in the continental USA, therefore, the Conveners of Imams with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed announce Wednesday, June 5th as Eid Al-Fitr!
There may be others who are celebrating the Eid on Tuesday, June 4th. Wherever Muslims are in the world, we pray that you have experienced a blessed and beneficial Ramadan and have a wonderful Eidul-Fitr!
As-Salaamu-Alaikum wa Ramadan Mubarak!
After 29 full days of fasting, Believers will search for the hilal (new crescent moon sighting) ending the month of Ramadan and beginning the month of Shawwal on Monday night, June 3 rd. If the moon is not sighted, we will fast an additional day, making a full 30 days of fasting.
Astronomical| projections indicate that there is a slight possibility of the hilal being sighted in some parts of the world, with almost no possibility of it being sighted with the naked eye within the continental United States on Monday night, June 3r? However, these projections also indicate that on Tuesday, June 4th, it should be easily seen throughout the world. Therefore, the month of Ramadan is projected to run for a full thirty days and the first day of Shawwal and Eidul-Fitr is projected for Wednesday, June 5, 2019. We will announce sightings on our website: www.iwdmcommunity.com.
The Section Conveners and Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed adhere to the general principle of local sighting (within the continental USA) with the naked eye. We use Allah's gift of science to help pinpoint when and where naked eye sightings are most likely to be possible to guide our sighting efforts. If the moon is sighted with the naked eye, please contact your local Imam who should then notify their Section Convener with the details of the sighting. Pictures and details of the sighting would be most helpful to provide additional clarification.
Wherever Muslims are in the world, we pray that you have experienced a blessed and beneficial Ramadan and have a wonderful Eidul-Fitr!
for Imam Qasim Ahmed
We thank Allah for the extraordinary life of service, scholarship, and leadership for our Community from Imam Qasim Ahmed. For over fifty years Imam Qasim has been a brother, mentor, friend, teacher, and leader in the cause of Al-Islam in America. As an ardent student of our leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Imam Qasim’s love of Allah and the religion; and tenacious pursuit of knowledge, caused him to travel from coast to coast, teaching us the Quran and “Deen”. His warm smile, quick wit, enlightened words and passion for people and Community caused him to touch the hearts, minds, and souls of countless numbers of us for a half century.
Imam Qasim Ahmed openly shared his life journey in Al-Islam and his love and admiration for Imam Mohammed for all who had the pleasure of interacting with him. His life has been a testimony of the power of faith and belief to transform the human condition. He is one of the true giants of the history of Al-Islam in America and will truly be both remembered and missed! We thank Allah for giving us the privilege of sharing this special journey with him! Our prayers and condolences go to his family and the Believers of Houston, Texas. We also pray that Allah forgives his sins and admits him to highest station of Paradise! Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun!
Imam Dr. Bashir Ali,
National Convener of Imams,
On Behalf of the Conveners of Imams,
In Association with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
As Salaam Alaykum!
Alhamdulillah, the following naked eye sightings have been reported:
Ras Jordan of New Orleans Louisiana
Karimah Rashid of Houston Texas (see her picture below)
Imam FurQan Muhammad of Masjid MuMinuun of Atlanta GA
Imam Sulaimaan of Atlanta Masjid Statement:
As Salaam Alaikum,
Ramadan Mubarak! A local Atlanta sighting was made by Brother Atiba Saleem and other adults. The first day of fasting will be Monday, May 6th and first salatul Tarawih will also be Monday.
Sister Karimah Kareemah posted the following pictures she took:
Statement on the Start of Ramadan
As you may be aware, the hilal (new crescent moon) beginning the month of Sha’ban was sighted throughout the world and in North America on the night of April 6, 2019. Current astronomical projections indicate there is a strong possibility of sighting the hilal (with the naked eye) beginning the month of Ramadan, in the continental United States on Sunday, May 5th.
By tradition, Muslims around the world, including North America, will be searching for the hilal starting Sunday evening, May 5th. If the moon is sighted with the naked eye, please contact your local Imam who should then notify their Section Convener with the details of the sighting. We will announce sightings on our website: www.iwdmcommunity.com. If a credible eye sighting (including picture, location, and person) occurs on Sunday night (May 5th) within the continental USA, the first day of fasting will start on Monday, May 6th. If no sighting occurs within the continental USA by 12:00 midnight Eastern time, the first day of fasting will start Tuesday, May 7th.
The Section Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed adhere to the general principle of local sighting (within the continental USA) with the naked eye. We also use Allah’s gift of science to help pinpoint when and where naked eye sightings are most probable to occur.
Wherever Muslims are in the world, we pray that you have a blessed and beneficial Ramadan as a result of your intentions, fasting, prayers, Qur’anic reading, charity, discipline, and gathering with other believers!