IMANews: Ramadhân 1442 AH, Apr - May 2021

Updated: Apr 13

As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum / Peace be upon you!

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Crescent Moon for the Month of Ramadhân 1442 AH

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) was on April 12, 2021 (Monday) at 2:31 UT.

Ramadhân 1442 AH crescent moon was sighted in San Diego by a few individuals who are considered reliable and credible. However, other people in the same vicinity were unable to sight the crescent moon with the unaided eye.

We also have very reliable report from Northern California from someone who sighted the crescent moon with an optical aid and who knows other Muslims who sighted the crescent moon with an unaided eye.

Shia Ithna-asheri organizations in Southern and Northern California have announced 1st Ramadhan 1442 AH to coincide with April 13, 2021.

Even though San Diego, CA is in a different moon sighting band than Kirkland, WA, empirical data collected over the years suggests that the Ramadhân 1442 AH crescent moon could have been visible to the unaided eye in Kirkland on April 12, 1442 AH after being located with an optical aid.

Ayatullah Sistani's guides us to follow "Contentment attained from rational means".

Those who develop contentment based on crescent moon sighting reports in San Diego, CA and the moonsighting visibility curves shared above can observe 1st Ramadhan 1442 on April 13, 2021. For those who do not share this contentment, may observe 1st Ramadhân 1442 AH on Wednesday April 14, 2021.

IMAN Center will accommodate either of the two observances.

We ask God, the Most Merciful, to bring a swift end to the current pandemic and grant a quick recovery to all those afflicted. And as always, we ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (A).

Ramadhân Mubarak! May Almighty God accept your fasting and good deeds.

Important Islamic Events this Month:

(dates below based on 1st Ramadhân coinciding with April 13, 2021)

Ramadhân Apr/May Occasion

10 Apr 22 Wafat of Bibi Khadija (A) (Year 3 B.H.)

15 Apr 27 Wiladat of Imam Hassan (A) (Year 3 A.H.)

17 Apr 29 The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)

Eve 19 Apr 30 Shab e Zarbat (Year 40 A.H.) Laylat -ul-Qadr Night

Eve 21 May 2 Eve of Shahadat of Imam Ali (A) (Year 40 A.H.)

The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)

Laylat -ul-Qadr Night

21 May 3 Shahadat of Imam Ali (A) (Year 40 A.H.)

Eve 23 May 4 Laylat -ul-Qadr Night

All our programs during this month of Ramadhân will be conducted online.

Daily Qur'an sessions will conducted over Zoom. Please refer to home page for detailed timings and online links for our daily Qur'an Zoom session programs.

Our daily Ramadhân program will be broadcast live at:

Programs to commemorate wafats celebrate wiladats and a'amaal programs for the nights of qadr will be posted as special events in due course.

Ramadhân Month of the Qur'an

In addition to the daily Qur'an sessions mentioned above , a variety of additional programs and activities have been planned this Ramadhân around the Qur'an.

To help organize theses sessions the number of participants need to be known ahead of time and therefore require registration. Registration deadline is Tuesday April 13, 2021 and can not be extended. Please be sure to fill out a form for each family member who plans to participate.

Here are the details of these additional activities:

1. Daily Quran recitation Juz’ 30 for all Children, Ramadhân 1-29, 6:00-6:30 p.m.

If your child can read Juz’ 30 from the holy Quran, please sign up them for this activity. Participants will have chance to improve their recitation skills and learn more about correct pronunciation and tonality.

2. Tajweed Mastery class, Ramadhân 1-29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

If you or your child can read Quran with some fluency but need a crash course in Tajweed rules, please register for this daily class.

3. Quranic lessons for everyday life, Ramadhân 1-29

This is an opportunity for students K-12 to apply ayat from Quran in daily life. Participants will receive a list of 50 ayat and will be expected to keep track of how they live the teaching of those ayat. Bronze, silver, or Gold medals will be given to participants based on the number of activities they accomplish by the end of Ramadhân.