Ramadan 2018

How is the start date of Ramadan determined? The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community uses the calculation of the moon to determine when the moon can possibly be visible by the naked eye. Muslims are not supposed to simply follow Saudi Arabia. Rather, they are to determine the start date of Ramadan as the day after the moon is visible with the naked eye wherever they live. Ramadan, thus, begins on Thursday, May 17th, this year due to the fact that the moon will only be visible on Wednesday, May 16th.
  
The below image illustrates the different gradients of visibility of the moon on Tuesday, May 15th: 

 
This illustrates that there is no place in the U.S. where there is even a possibility that the moon will be visible with the naked eye. There are only parts of Europe and Asia where the moon may be visible under perfect conditions.  There isn't any segment of the U.S. where the moon would be visible even through the use of an optical aid.  Thus, there is no chance for a moon sighting on Tuesday, May 15th, with the naked eye.
  
The below image now illustrates the different gradients of visibility of the moon for Wednesday, May 16th: 



This illustrates that the entire country (and entire world) is able to see the moon with the naked eye on Wednesday, May 16th, InshaAllah. Since we will only be able to see the moon with the naked eye on Wednesday, May 16th, this means that the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan will be Thursday, May 17th.  

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