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Tuesday, September 20, 2005 

Some interesting articles out there

Some facts about the solar & lunar calendar

Source: Ummah.com

1. The Lunar Calendar day starts just after sunset and completes at sunset next day, whereas the solar calendar day starts just after midnight and completes at midnight next day.

2. A lunar calendar month can be of 29 or 30 days (six months of 29 days and six months of 30 days) whereas the solar month of February is of 28 days (except leap years when it is 29 days), four solar months are of 30 days (April, June, September and November) each and the remaining seven months are of 31 days each.

The solar calendar consists of 365 days or 366 days in a leap year. Each lunar calendar is of 354 days. A lunar year is 11 days shorter than a solar year. That is why Ramadan starts 11 days earlier.

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Ramadan in history

by Dr. Abdullah Hakim ,Canada

All praises to Allah, Lord of the worlds. He who revealed in His Glorious Qur'an, "O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you that you may keep your duty to your Lord (having taqwa)," (2:185). And may blessings and peace of Allah be upon His last Messenger Muhammad ibn Abdullah, forever.

O you who believe, Ramadan is a sacred month wherein Almighty Allah is constantly testing His creation and giving humanity the opportunity to achieve infinite, endless Bliss. Fasting is a complete purification and a means to developing the consciousness of Allah's presence. The consciousness of Allah (Taqwa) is a protection against the schemes of Shaitan, and the suffering of this world. Allah has informed us that, "Whoever keeps his duty to Allah (has taqwa), He ordains a way out for him and gives him sustenance from where he imagines not. And whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him. Surely Allah attains His purpose. Allah has appointed a measure for everything." (65:2)

Many Muslims today have a misconception about fasting and the activities of a fasting person. They go into a state of semi-hibernation, spending most of their daylight hours in bed. If they fear Allah, they wake up for prayer, but then return to sleep immediately. This unnatural sleep makes them become lazy, dull-witted and often cranky.

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Sighting possibilities for Ramadan 1426

Source: MoonSighting.com

The birth of moon is on Monday October 3, 2005 at 10:28 Universal Time. On Oct 3, this moon is going to be 15 hours old on West coast of USA, and still impossible to see because it is in the Southern Hemisphere. It is too low on the horizon in North America and will set in 5 to 14 minutes after sunset. It cannot be seen in North America, it cannot be seen in Eastern part of the world on October 3. On October 4, it will be visible in most of the world except most of Asia and Europe, where it will be 24 to 31 hours old and less than 2 degrees above the horizon, still not visible. In Europe and most of Asia, it can be seen even on October 5, when it will be 48 to 55 hours old. Accordingly, the first day of Ramadan will be on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 for most of the world, Insha-Allah.

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