Ramadan 2022

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. This is an important point to have the ability to see the moon with the naked eye. 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 2022 is anticipated to be Sunday, April 3rd, due to the fact that the moon will only be visible on Saturday, April 2nd, in the mainland of the United States. 
  
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 Friday, April 1st. This illustrates that nobody in the U.S. will be able to see the moon with the naked eyeAn optical aid would be needed just for even a chance of seeing the moon, which does not meet the criteria we set for seeing the new moon.



On the other hand, the below image now illustrates the different gradients of visibility of the moon for Saturday, April 2nd. This illustrates that the entire country (and most of the world) is able to see the moon with the naked eye on Saturday, April 2nd, InshaAllah



This means that the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan will be Sunday, April 3rd. We wish all our brothers and sisters a blessed and spiritually uplifting Ramadan.

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