Ramadan 2021

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 (i.e. without the use of an optical aid) in our local area or country. Instead of following any other country, Muslims must determine the start date of Ramadan as the day after the moon is visible with the naked eye wherever they live. Therefore, the first day of Ramadan is anticipated to be Wednesday, April 14th, this year due to the fact that the moon will likely only be visible on Tuesday, April 13th.
  
The below image comes from the Nautical Almanac Office in the UK, which publishes global moon-sighting data, and illustrates the different gradients of visibility of the moon on Monday, April 12th. This illustrates that most of the U.S. will be unable to see the moon with the naked eye. There is, however, a slight chance for the moon to be visible under perfect conditions in the southern-most tips of California and Arizona as you can see from the orange area below. 



We will keep a close eye on any verifiable sightings of the moon coming from those southern-most areas of California and Arizona on Monday, April 12th. If such a sighting cannot be verified since it requires perfect conditions to be able to see it with the naked eye, then we will determine that the moon was not sighted that day.
  
The below image now illustrates the different gradients of visibility of the moon for Tuesday, April 13th. This illustrates that the entire country (and entire world) is able to see the moon with the naked eye on Tuesday, April 13th, InshaAllah



This means that unless there is a verified sighting in the southern-most tips of California and/or Arizona, the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan will be Wednesday, April 14th. We wish all our brothers and sisters a blessed and spiritually uplifting Ramadan.

For any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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