RAMADAN MUBARAK! The committee confirmed an authentic report out of Macomb, Illinois and Gurnee, Illinois. The committee has approved these reports and consequently declares tonight the 1st night of Ramadan, 1428. The first day of Ramadan is Thursday, September 13, 2007.
The first night of Itekhaf (21st night): Tuesday, October 2, 2007.
The committee will meet on the 29th of Ramadan, Thursday, October 11, 2007 to receive reports of moon sighting across North America in regards to the end of Ramadan/Eid-ul-Fitr/Shawwal 1, 1428.
The possible dates for Eid-ul-Fitr are Friday, October 12, 2007 or Saturday, October 13, 2007.
The committee is currently investigating reports out of the East Coast and Midwest. Many of the previous calls have turned out to be people who are simply reiterating the declaration out of Toronto. Nothing valid or authentic has been received as of yet.
The committee has rejected the sighting report out of Barbados because it is not part of the Matla of North America as pre-determined by the committee.
It is currently attending to other sighting reports.
The committee is currently investigating reports out of the East coast regarding moon sighting. The committee is still deliberating the report out of Barbados. Since the report out of Barbados is not a part of the Matla of North America as determined by the committee, it cannot be relied on as the sole testimony.
The Chicago Hilal Committee is currently deliberating the announcement out of Toronto that Ramadan is tomorrow. The sighting accepted by the Toronto committee was done in Barbados.
The Chicago Hilal Committee meeting is in session. The committee is currently contacting its representatives across the country. Insha’Allah updates will be made as more information is received.
The Chicago Hilal Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at ICC in Chicago to receive reports of moon sighting around the country. According to astronomical information, most probably the moon will be sighted and the first day of Ramadan will be Thursday, September 13, 2007. If the moon is not sighted, however, the first day of Ramadan will be Friday, September 14, 2007.
A decision will be made after Maghrib prayer (7:04pm). Updates will be posted every 5-10 minutes. The first update will occur around 7:30pm.