31 August 2008

ICNA - Moonsighting

ICNA - Moonsighting

It might be a surprise for people who belong to other religion than Islamic, but ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) is involving in society and humanitarian problems as any other people. That's a good thing to know, but the reason why ICNA is on the top searches on Google is because of one of their announcements:

In the Name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful In consultation with national Islamic organizations and local hilaal committees it has been determined that the moon was not sighted on the night of (August 31/Shaban 29) (based on the local sighting of the moon). Ramadan will begin on Tuesday September 2.
Source:Islamic Circle of North America

The controversy is the beginning of the Ramadan, as you can read below:
Inevitabley, every year the Muslims (at least those of us in the West) fall into debating and confusion about the beginning of Ramadan.
In recent years before Ramadan, Muslims in different states are in confusion on whether they should go by the Moon sighting or by using astronomical calculations.

Source:A Glimpse Into The Life of A Muslimah

So, as you see the Muslims have this debate before Ramadan each year.

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