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Islamic Calendar Conferences

   

    San Jose, CA          May 5-6, 2007

    Toronto, Canada     June 9-10, 2007

    Dallas, TX               July 14-15, 2007

 

Three recent conferences in the USA and Canada of prominent Islamic scholars and experts in lunar visibility unanimously adopted resolutions. The main highlights are:

  1. Islamic dates, especially of Ramadan and Eidain, will be determined solely by the actual sighting of a crescent moon, by naked eye, after the sunset, as the Qur’an, and Sunnah require.

  2. A select committee of Islamic scholars and astronomical experts will evaluate all reported claims of moon-sighting received from within 48 contiguous US states and Canada by an agreed upon criteria (as adopted).

  3. The Committee will announce its final decision within four hours of the sunset on the East coast.

The main achievements of the conference were agreements on a verifiable sighted moon to begin the Islamic month, minimum criteria to verify the Shahadah, and a network of decision-makers.