Ramadan began Saturday.

Bismillah Wa Hamdulillah Wa Salatu Was Salaam ala RasulAllah

Alhamdulillah Ramadan started this Saturday 08/22/09,  they announced ahead of time at the masjid here for it being on Saturday but I still kept my eye open to see the new moon however I couldn’t and it was also a bit cloudy.

Some places follow other countries and make an announcement based on that, one should follow the local community as there are countries which I don’t know based on what start Ramadan days after others start, some may even have a pre-fixed date.

“Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days” (Bukhari and Muslim)

In other countries as well they weren’t able to see the moon, I don’t know if this was the case all over the world however Saudi Gazette reported the following:

JEDDAH – The Royal Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has quoted the Saudi Supreme Court as announcing that Saturday will be the first day of Ramadan 1430 Hijra.
The Supreme Court made the announcement following a special meeting this evening in Taif. – SPA

My dear brothers and sisters in Islaam if Allah Swt gives you the opportunity to make it through and to this month, make the most out of it, i repeat make the most out of it. Truly for those who realize it is a blessing and mercy of Allah Swt to allow us to make it to and through Ramadan and being able to perform the acts of worship as best as we can only for His Swt sake.

It is a month whose beginning is mercy, its middle is forgiveness and its end is redemption from the Fire. So establish as much night prayers as you can, goto your local masjid and take part in the tarweh prayers, read Quran and do lots of dhikh and give in charity.

No doubt this is the month of forgiveness and reward so seek forgiveness from the Lord Almighty and seek his bounty.

May Allah Swt accept our Ramadan and forgive me, you and entire Muslim ummah’s sins and shortcomings. Ameen

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