While a handful of countries in the Middle East have announced Eid, many countries like Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, and Pakistan have not. Moreover, based on the criteria we follow, there is no need to follow overseas countries. To see a full list of countries that have sighted the moon, please visit: https://www.moonsighting.com/1440shw.html
Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake (ISGSL) encourages all Utah Muslims to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evenings of Monday, June 3rd and Tuesday, June 4th in the anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal and the advent of Eid al-Fitr for 2019 to follow Quran and Sunnah.
Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts (verified from Shariah perspective and scientifically sound) indicate that on Monday, June 3rd, a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of the remote South Pacific where sightings are possible but highly unlikely.
If the moon is not sighted in North America on June 3rd, we will complete 30 days of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr would occur on Wednesday, June 5th.
Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Official Eid announcement will be posted on social media by 10 PM mountain standard time after all reports of sightings are reviewed from North America.
Our opinion is based in Quran and Sunnah and Consensus of Islamic Ummah since 1981 and is not associated with unverified and unscientific acceptance of sighting claims randomly.
The opinion found in the Sources section of the link below was internationally agreed to by some of the most senior international scholars of Islamic countries at an international fiqh meeting and declaration in Mecca 1981. The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia then Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baaz also signed it with other major international Scholars from all schools of thought (countries).
Please visit the link below for our detailed moonsighting criteria and sources i.e.Sh. Ibn Baz, Sh. Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Zakir Naik, Sh. Assim Al Hakeem, etc.
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