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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu,

We would like to welcome you to the official website of the Chicago Hilal (Moon Sighting) Committee.  Over the past decade, there has been much confusion amongst the Muslim community in regards to the beginning of Islamic months and Islamic holidays – namely Ramadan and the two Eids – which directly stems from misunderstandings about the moon sighting procedure.  It is by the immense blessing of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alaa) that He has provided a solution to this country through the blessed words of His beloved (sallAllahu alayhi wa salam) as he said, “The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.”  Understanding the immense responsibility that this statement entails, the scholars of Chicago have come forward to use their training in order to benefit the society at large.  With that in mind, the Chicago Hilal Committee was formed under the auspices of renowned scholars as well as representatives from the various mosques (masajid) to be able to carry out a responsibility that has been inherited by the Muslim community – especially the scholars – from the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wa salam).  This responsibility is to determine the Islamic calendar through the sighting of the moon.

Wassalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu,
The Chicago Hilal Team
11.08.2004