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The month starts if moon is born before sun-
set at Makkah, and moonset is after sunset.
July 17, 2015 (Friday)
"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
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar'i method for determining the
beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a con-
ventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set
after sunset in Makkah.
On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1436 AH are established as follows:
1st of Ramadan will be on Thursday, June 18, 2015
1st of Shawwal will be on Friday, July 17, 2015
June 18, 2015 (Thursday)
The Astronomical New Moon is on June 16, 2015 (Tuesday) at 14:05 Universal Time (5:05 p.m. Makkah time). Sunset at
Makkah on June 16 is at 7:04 p.m., while moonset is at 6:56 p.m. Moon is born before sunset in Makkah and moonset is
before sunset. Therefore first day of Ramadan is not on June 17, but is on June 18, 2015 (Thursday), insha'Allah. First
Tarawih prayer will be on Wednesday night.
July 17, 2015 (Friday)
The Astronomical New Moon is on July 16, 2015 (Thursday) at 1:24 Universal Time. (4:24 a.m. on July 16, Makkah time).
On July 16, Thursday, sunset at Makkah is 7:06 p.m. and moonset is at 7:18 p.m. Moon is born before sunset, and moon
sets after sunset. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid ul-Fitr is July 17, Friday, insha'Allah.
The Astronomical New Moon is on September 13, 2015 (Sunday) at 6:41 UT. September 14, 2015
(Monday) is expected to be the 1st day of Dhul Hijjah 1436. The day of Arafah - the main day of Hajj - is expected to be
on September 22, 2015 (Tuesday) and so the Eidul Adha 1436 is expected on September 23, 2015 (Wednesday).
Following its adopted current criteria for Eidul Adha, the Fiqh Council of North America announces that the final determi-
nation of the date of Eidul Adha will be contingent on the announcement by the Hajj authorities in Makkah of the day of
'Arafah, in which case Eidul Adha will be the day following the day of Arafah.
May Allah (swt) keep us on the right path, and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen.
For more detailed information, please visit:
Fiqh Council of North America
Courtesy Imaam Iqubal Hydal
MakkahCalendar.org(Independent Web site)
DORTMUND---Italy forward Ciro Immobile is join-
ing Spanish side Sevilla on loan from Borussia
Dortmund says the transfer is agreed "in prin-
ciple" and the 25-year-old will join Sevilla upon
completion of a medical "initially on loan" through
Immobile joined Dortmund from Torino for 18.5
million euros (then $25 million) in June 2014 but
struggled to compensate for Robert Lewandowski s
departure to Bayern Munich. He managed just three
goals in 24 Bundesliga games, having finished the
season before as Serie A s top-scorer with 22 goals.
Kicker reports Sevilla is paying 3 million euros
($3.3 million) for the one-year loan and that Immo-
bile is unlikely to return to Dortmund once it s
The Spanish side was reportedly unwilling to
meet Dortmund s 15 million euro (€16.7 million)
asking price for a full transfer.
Immobile joins Sevilla
HOUSTON---Captain Rodolph Austin struck a late
injury-time winner as Jamaica s Reggae Boyz
edged a stubborn Canada 1-0 to post their first
win of the Concacaf Gold Cup here Saturday night.
With the game seemingly headed for another
frustrating draw following their opening stalemate
against Costa Rica, the former Leeds defender head-
ed home in the second minute of stoppage time to
hand Jamaica a precious three points and send
them to the top of Group B.
In the feature game of the double-header at the
BBVA Compass Stadium, El Salvador also produced
a late stunner to grab a share of the points in a 1-
1 draw with Costa Rica.
The Ticos led on 61 minutes through captain
Bryan Ruiz s first Gold Cup goal in ten years but
substitute Dustin Corea struck deep in injury-time
of four minutes added, to break Costa Rica s hearts.
Jamaica now top the group with four points, with
Costa Rica and El Salvador level on two points, and
Canada bottom with a single point.
Playing in stifling heat that topped 34 degrees
Celsius, Jamaica carved out chance after chance
but found it nearly impossible to break down an
After taking a while to settle, the Reggae Boyz
pushed forward repeatedly in search of the opening
goal only to be denied by goalkeeper Kenny Stam-
atopolous, poor finishing or in one case the wood-
Simon Dawkins volleyed over from the edge of
the box in the 16th minute after being teed up by
Giles Barnes and Austin also fired wide from just
out side the area ten minutes later.
The best chance of the half fell to Kemar
Lawrence, however. In the 28th minute, the New
York Red Bulls forward surged into the box on the
left-hand side and fired off a shot which was par-
tially blocked by Stamatopolous, with David Edgar
clearing the ball off the line.
Canada had created a wonderful chance 16 min-
utes earlier when Tosaint Ricketts was released into
the box with only goalkeeper Dwayne Miller to beat
in the 12th minute. However, Miller rushed out to
pull off a courageous block at point-blank range.
Barnes, the Houston Dynamo player who was
appearing on his home turf, almost gave Jamaica
the lead in the 60th minute when he slammed his
free kick from just out the box against the crossbar
with the keeper beaten.
Stamatopolous then pushed away Barnes goal-
bound volley in the 72nd minute before second-
half substitute Darren Mattocks poked an attempt
agonisingly wide from close range with three minutes
left in normal time, after being fed by Barnes.
With Jamaica seemingly out of options in stop-
page, Garath McCleary curled in a pin-point cross
into the box for Austin to stoop and head home.
In their final game in Toronto on Tuesday, Jamaica
take on El Salvador while Costa Rica challenge
Canada in a must-win encounter.
Austin scores late as
Reggae Boyz go top
(9) is tripped up
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