Ramadan Begins on Friday According to Fiqh Council
The first day of Ramadan 1441 is on Friday, April 24, 2020, insha’Allah, according to the Fiqh Council of North America.
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 these conditions are met, the new crescent will be visible somewhere on earth. Hence the new lunar month will start the next day, otherwise it will start on the day following next day.
First day of Ramadan 1441 is on Friday, April 24, 2020, insha’Allah.
First day of Shawwal is on Sunday, May 24, 2020, insha’Allah.
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