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When The Heck Does Ramadan Start?

September 23, 2006

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One of the scholars once said that if the Muslims of America were to solve the issue of “hilal” (crescent) and “halal”, they’d be going places…

With that said, once again there is a dispute as to when Ramadan should begin, specifically whether one should follow the Fiqh Council (ISNA)’s recommendations on using astronomical data to establish moon sighting. Personally, I will start fasting on Sunday, Inshallah.

But what I’m more concerned with is whether Muslims fast properly during the month of Ramadan, irrespective of when they actually start and stop fasting. In a way, I think of it that this Ummah is getting blessed by a few “extra” days of Ramadan, cause counting those that start “early” and those that end “late”, we’ll get almost 32-34 days of Ramadan. that’s 2-4 extra days of du’as, recitation of Qur’an, qiyam/taraweeh, etc. Lord knows this Ummah could use those extra days of blessing =).

For those who are interested in the issue, click on the following link to read an outstanding article written for this purpose by Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia, Director of Darul Qasim. May God bless and preserve him.

With that in mind, let’s try to stick it to Iblis this month, shall we? That punk has been winning against us for 11 months; Allah will lock him up for 30 days, so it’s on us to make up the lost ground.

I’ll end what is perhaps one of my shortest posts ever (you happy Alti?) with a hadith I read the other day that I can’t stop thinking about how amazing and powerful it is: “Had it not been for the devils hovering over the hearts of the Children of Adam, then verily they would see the kingdoms of heaven.” With the devils removed from us during this month, the opportunity to draw closer to Allah and see the kingdoms of heaven is there. Will we take it?

Ramadan Mubarak to everyone. May Allah give of His fadl to us and allow us to draw closer to Him.

Currently Reading: Surah al-Baqarah (taraweeh… so it begins )


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  1. Awesome…I read it in 30 seconds…a first for your xanga…good post though.Ramadan Mubarak and Ameen to the dua’a…also may Allah (S) help the Muslim Ummah and ease our difficulties, and help us to make the best of this blessed month and accept all of our ibadah and dua’as inshAllah

  2. Egypt is starting on Saturday night/Sunday.  You should be happy, an extra day to learn the first para : ) 
    A Quran (in) a Day Insha Allah….

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    VHA…..VHA! *applause*see THAT is how you write a post my friend…im all for the occasional long posts…but this one was stupendous…mash’Allah….may Allah accept this Ramadhan from us and grant us all Jannah…nigger-ul-haq

  4. I like the “screw ISNA lunch” idea for tomorrow =) Ramadan Mubaarak Big B.

  5. The debates and refutations on some websites and blogs have sunk to an almost “Bill O’Reiley” level.  May Allah preserve Shaykh Amin for taking the time to put some thought and eloquence into the matter.

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    This is probably the only time I’m ever going to say this, so enjoy it: this was an awesome post and you rock. Have a good Ramadan iA.

  7. Tennis rules, calculations drool. Post iftar, or post Ramadan perhaps. Gimme a ring insha Allah.

  8. I don’t like the ISNA Fiqh Council.

  9. I too enjoyed this post. Ramdan Muburak

  10. That hadith was really good. I’d never heard that before either.
    While I don’t mind the length of some of your posts, this post was perfect: went right to the issue, had a few a words about it, and ended.

  11. Someone is way off their mark in this moonsighting issue.  ISNA’s astronomer said it was impossible to see it anywhere in the world except from Hawaii onwards and that was with a telescope as well.  On the other side, four individuals claim to have seen the moon last night in Texas and it was seen in Saudi as well.  So ISNA was saying it was impossible and then people claim to have seen it.  Someone is really wrong.  If the moon was actually seen, then ISNA’s reliance on the calculation method is wrong.  If ISNA’s method is correct, then Saudi Arabi’s method of confirming the moon is wrong.  Stick to the method of our traditional scholars which also includes Zaytuna Institute.  🙂
    Check this out:

  12. “I think of it that this Ummah is getting blessed by a few “extra” days of Ramadan, cause counting those that start “early” and those that end “late”, we’ll get almost 32-34 days of Ramadan. that’s 2-4 extra days of du’as, recitation of Qur’an, qiyam/taraweeh, etc. Lord knows this Ummah could use those extra days of blessing =).”
    Wow, that’s an amazing insight onto this whole issue, probably the best explanation as to why Allah (swt) causes this issue to exist year after year. May Allah bless you for that, that really sets my mind at ease ’cause I’m always wondering why can’t we all just have one day of starting Ramadan and Eid.

  13. ameeeeeeen to all of the above.  spectacular post buddy.  as much as i enjoy ur longs post (hey, i’m not bein sarcastic!), this was marvelous. 

  14. Ameen to all the dua’s  and yes i agree.. this was a fantastic post.. u got right to it.. but like LaziDezi.. i dont mind the long ones either..

  15. I really liked the last post. Where can I get a good copy of the Ihya’ Ulum iddeen? I have a copy, with four volumes. But the english in it is illegible…

  16. wa Ramadan Mubarak..

  17. Shaykh Amin’s article is genius.
    And your take on multiple days of Ramadan, and how that’s like extra blessing for us… MashAllah, great insight.
    Make dua for me.

  18. Ramadan Kareem Bro

  19. Ramadan Mubarak!!

  20. How was lunch?

  21. Ramadan Mubarak!!

  22. Ramadhan Mubarak!

  23. Ramadan Mubarak and mashaallah, thank you for all the brief reminders about sticking it to Iblis. Will do. JazaakAllahulkahirum.

  24. isnt it so typical american of us though — wanting more than is alloted to us?

  25. Ramadan Mubarak! (belated, i know)

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