Ramadan & Shawwal 1440AH (2019AD)
“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint (may become righteous).” Qur’an 2: 183
The European Council for Fatwa and Research and the Fiqh Council of North America announced the following dates for the commencement and end of Ramadan 1440 AH (2019 AD) in Europe and North America based on the accurate astronomical calculations for the month of Ramadan and Shawwal 1440 AH :
The first day of Ramadan 1440 is on Monday, May 6, 2019, insha’Allah. First Tarawih prayer will be on Sunday night.
Eid ul-Fitr (1st of Shawwal 1440) is on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, insha’Allah.
The statement of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (text issued in Arabic) states:
‘The accurate astronomical calculations for the month of Ramadan 1440H confirm that the pairing (Astronomical New Moon - conjunction) will be at 22 and 45 minutes GMT on Saturday (04) May 2019 corresponding to 29 Sha'ban 1440H, which corresponds to 01:45 am Local time of Makkah. Therefore, the crescent cannot be seen on the following day Sunday (May 05, 2019); therefore, Sunday will be the end of the month of Shaaban 1440 AH, so the number of Shaaban this year will be thirty days.
The first of Ramadan for this year 1440 AH, God willing, will be on Monday (06) May 2019.
For the crescent of the month of Shawwal 1440 - 2019 AD
The accurate astronomical calculations for the month of Shawwal 1440H confirm that the pairing (Astronomical New Moon - conjunction) will be at 10:02 GMT on Monday, 03 June 2019 corresponding to 29 Ramadan 1440H, which corresponds to 13:01 local time of Mecca. The crescent can be seen on the same day after sunset in most of South America.
Accordingly, it will be the first of Shawwal (Eid al-Fitr) for this year 1440 AH, God willing, will be on Tuesday (04) June 2019.’
Source: European Council for Fatwa and Research
For visibility curves for new crescent moon of Ramadan, the earliest authentic moon sighting reports and dates announced when information is received, see: https://moonsighting.com/1440rmd.html
May Allah (swt) guide us on the right path, enable us to fast this year’s Ramadan and accept all our good deeds.