First Day of Ramadan Will Be May 27, 2017

Garden Grove, CA: First day of Ramadan will be Saturday, May 27, 2017, andEid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in sha'Allah.
"O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint." Qur'an 2: 183
The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar'i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.
FCNA uses the criteria of European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR), which are that somewhere on the globe, at the sunset, the elongation should be at least 8 degrees and moon should be at least 5 degrees above horizon. If this condition is met, the month starts the next day; otherwise the month starts on the day following the next. The presence of moon above horizon at sunset is the basis.
On the basis of this method, the dates of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr for the year 1438 AH are established as follows:
1st of Ramadan will be on Saturday, May 27, 2017. 1st of Shawwal will be on Sunday, June 25, 2017.First Tarawih prayer will be on Friday night May 26th.



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