There has been no report of new moonsighting anywhere in the world, including
the North America East Coast and Midwest.
The following are the official position of two authentic authorities who verify any reported sighting shariah compliant methodology.
1. Crescent Watch (Zaytuna Institute – Hamza Yusuf)
Crescentwatch did not receive any reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) of Ramadan being sighted anywhere in the world via naked-eye on the evening of Tuesday, May 15th. We received numerous negative reports from experienced moon-sighters with clear skies around the world including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Colombia, Peru, Guyana, Costa Rica, California, and throughout the U.S.
We will thus complete the 30 days of Sha’ban and begin Ramadan Wednesday evening with the first day of the fast on Thursday, May 17th.
2. Chicago HilalAdd Hijri Calendar
Posted by Chicago Hilal Staff on May 14, 2018, in Declarations
Ramadan 1st, 1439 will be on Thursday, May 17th. The Chicago Hilal Committee did not receive any verifiable reports of the moon being sighted.
We, therefore, declare that we will complete 30 days of Sh’aban and start the month of Ramadhan from Thursday, May 17, 2018. Taraweeh prayers will start from the evening of Wednesday, May 16, 2018, immediately following the ‘Isha prayers at 10:00 pm.
Posted: May 16, 2018 12:30 am EDT