2021 Ramadan Statement
April 5, 2021
Conveners of Imams:
Imam Dr. Bashir Ali
New England Section:
Imam Taalib J. Mahdee
Imam Musa Abdul’ Ali
Imam Dr. Abdel Nuriddin
Imam Yahya Islam
Imam Fahmee Sabree
Imam Wali Fardan
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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 March 14, 2021. Current astronomical projections indicate there is a slight possibility of sighting the hilal (with the naked eye) beginning the month of Ramadan, in the South, Southwest, and Western sections of United States, on Monday evening, April 12th. However, the strongest possibility of sighting the hilal (throughout the entire continental USA) is on Tuesday evening, April 13th.
By tradition, Muslims around the world, including North America, will be searching for the hilal starting Monday evening, April 12th. If the moon is sighted with the naked eye in your area, 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 Monday night (April 12th) within the continental USA, the first day of fasting will start on Tuesday, April 13th. However, if no sighting occurs within the continental USA by 12:00 midnight Eastern time, the first night of Ramadan will automatically be Tuesday, April 13th, and Wednesday, April 14th will be the first of day fasting.
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!