In the Name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful
Ramadan Mubarak! The moon was sighted tonight (Sha'ban 29/September 12) in Chicago, IL. According to North American Moonsighting the first day of Ramadan is September 13, 2007. However, for the sake of unity, we suggest that Muslims cooperate and follow their local Masajid and communities, whether they follow our approach or not."
"O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you may attain God consciousness" – (Al-Quran 2:183)
Ramadan, the month of great blessings and rewards, is here. May Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, enable us all to reap the rewards of this great month.
"The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has traditionally adopted the opinion of sighting the moon in North America . On the advice of ICNA'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.
Islam is not just a religion but 'a way of life'. A Muslim submits to Allah, subhanahu wa ta'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.
"And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you) and be not divided among yourselves…" (Quran 3:103)
Let us all focus our attention on pleasing Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, our Lord, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
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