Fiqh Council of North America Statement on Ramadan and Shawwal (1436/2015)

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 Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah. On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr for the year 1436 AH are established as follows:

1st of Ramadan will be on Thursday, June 18, 2015
1st of Shawwal will be on Friday, July 17, 2015

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