Our local radio station was saying Eid was supposed to happen yesterday, so I clicked on my favorite mosque website to find out. They were unequivocal. Sort of. Posted on their home page was the following message:
Eid Al-Fitr is on Sat Oct 13, 2007, inshaAllah. 100% Confirmed.
Determining Eid halfway around the world from Mecca has always been a bit of a problem. Add to that the political implications of depending on the Saudi government for your own country’s religious observances, and things get even trickier. Most Middle Eastern countries now have their own Islamic ministry for those questions.
So here it is: The Fiqh Council of North America, after considering the position of the their European counterpart, the European Council for Fatwa and Research, has determined that the official north American Eid is today, Saturday October 13, 2007.
The position of ECFR is very similar to the position of FCNA adopted last year on June 10, 2006, with a minor difference. FCNA adopted the position that the conjunction should occur before noon at Greenwich time. ECFR has adopted Makkah al-Mukarram as a conventional point and took the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah.
FCNA after careful discussion has revised its position and has adopted the Fatwa of ECFR. This revised position will change only a few dates in the Fiqh Council’s Five year calendar; but it will bring greater harmony and unity among the Muslims communities in the West.
Eid ul-Fitr 1428 AH:
The astronomical New Moon is on Thursday, October 11, 2007, at 5:00 Universal Time (8:00 am Makkah time). Sunset at Makkah on October 11 is 6:00 pm local time, while moonset at Makkah is at 5:59 pm local time (1 minute before sunset). This does not meet the new criteria adopted by FCNA and ECFR. On Friday, October 12, 2007, sunset at Makkah is 5:59 pm local time, while moonset is at 6:32 pm local time. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid ul-Fitr is Saturday, October 13, insha’Allah.
So, Eid Mubarak!
May you be blessed for the entire year.