The following is the ICNA position regarding moon sightings and the start of Ramadan:
In the Name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful
â€œO you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you may attain God consciousnessâ€ – (Al-Quran 2:183)
Ramadan, the month of great blessings and rewards, is just a few days away. May Allah, subhanahu wa taâ€™ala, enable us all to reap the rewards of this great month.
â€œThe Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has traditionally adopted the opinion of sighting the moon in North America . On the advice of ICNAâ€™s Scholars Committee, we have decided to continue following our existing approach and will not be adopting a calendar which is primarily based on calculations.
An overwhelming majority of the National Shura Councilâ€™s members, in their meeting held on September 19, 2006, have also decided to go by the local moon sighting. However, for the sake of unity, we suggest that Muslims cooperate and follow their local Masjid and community, whether they follow our approach or not.â€
Islam is not just a religion but â€˜a way of lifeâ€™. A Muslim submits to Allah, subhanahu wa taâ€™ala, not just in prayers and fasting but submission in all affairs of his or her life. And one important aspect of this submission lies in mutual respect and love for other Muslims and being part of the Muslim community.
â€œAnd hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you) and be not divided among yourselves…â€ (Quran 3:103)
Let us all focus our attention on pleasing Allah, subhanahu wa taâ€™ala, our Lord, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.