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Ramadan 2012 Announced

By: Elhami Nasr 

According to calculations in cooperation with the Shura Council of Southern California and other national organizations, the first day of Ramadan will be Friday, July 20, 2012. Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, August 19, 2012,  inshaAllah.

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“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
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ICSC recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal using 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.
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On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1433 AH are established as follows:
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1st of Ramadan will be on Friday, July 20 and 1st of Shawwal will be on Sunday, August 19
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Ramadan 1433 AH:
The Astronomical New Moon is on July 19, 2011 (Thursday) at 4:24 Universal Time (7:24 a.m. Makkah time). Sunset at Makkah on July 19 is at 7:05 p.m., while moonset is at 7:11 p.m.  Moon is born before sunset in Makkah and moonset is after sunset.  Therefore first day of Ramadan is Friday, July 20, insha’Allah. First Tarawih prayer will be on Thursday night.
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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Center of Southern California, I would like to wish you and your family a very blessed month of Ramadan.
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Eid ul-Fitr 1433 AH:
The Astronomical New Moon is on August 17, 2011 (Friday) at 15:54 Universal Time (6:54 p.m.  Makkah time). On Friday, August 17, sunset at Makkah is 6:49 p.m. and moonset is 6:30 p.m.  Moon is born after sunset in Makkah and moon sets before sunset.  On Saturday, August 18 , sunset at Makkah is 6:49 p.m. and moonset is at 7:11 p.m.  Moon is born 24 hours before sunset, while moonset is after sunset. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid ul-Fitr is Sunday, August 19, insha’Allah.
In addition, we continue to take your comments and feedback very seriously and we are using them to build upon the large success of previous years to prepare an ever enriching and fulfilling program for this month.  We hope that each and every one of you will join us.
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We thank you for your continued support and for being an integral part of the ICSC community. We ask Allah (SWT) to accept our fasts and our dua’as.  May Allah (SWT) shower His mercy and forgiveness upon us all.
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Dr. Elhami Nasr has been the Chairperson of the Center’s Board of Directors since February of 2012. He is a long-time member of our community, and Professor of Engineering. 

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