In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
January 20, 2023
The Shura Council is pleased to announce, based on the Fiqh Council announcement, the dates of Ramadan and the two Eids for the year 2023/1444 AH. The dates are expected to be as follows, insha’Allah.
Ramadan & Shawwal 2023/1444
First Taraweeh: Wednesday, March 22nd
First Day of Fasting: Thursday, March 23rd
Eid-al-Fitr: Friday, April 21st
“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” Qur’an 2:183
Ramadan 1444 AH:
The Astronomical New Moon will be on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 17:23 Universal Time. On that day, there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Hence, the first day of Ramadan will be on Thursday, March 23, 2023, insha’Allah.
Eidul-Fitr 1444 AH:
The Astronomical New Moon will be on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 4:12 Universal Time. On April 20, the elongation is more than 8 degrees and moon is more than 5 degrees above the sun everywhere in North America. Hence the first day of Shawwal will be on Friday, April 21, 2023, insha’Allah.
Expected date for Eid- al-Adha 1444 AH: Based on Saudi Ummul-Qura Calendar is Wednesday, June 28, 2023
In regards to these blessed occasions, we are reminded to keep in mind that there are allowances for valid scholarly difference of opinion in determining the beginning and end of the auspicious Month of Ramadan. Mutual respect and humility are pillars of the requirement for unity as we collectively strive to please our Creator in all aspects of our lives.
We encourage every organization and individual to follow that which is most unifying for the community, including consultation with religious leadership. More specific Ramadan guidance, including reminders and recommendations, can be found in the upcoming weeks on our website.
May Allah keep us on the straight path, facilitate us to have a blessed and joyous Ramadan, and accept our devotional acts solely for His sake, Ameen.