Jama’at Ahl-e-Sunnat, UK and the Scottish Hilal Forum (SHF) announce the start of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr dates for 2019, under the supervision of Ulama and in line with agreed Islamic criteria and including data from Her Majesty’s Nautical Almanac Office (British Observatory).
Based on this agreed criteria, Insha Allah:
The first day of Ramadan 2019/1440 AH will be on Monday, 6th of May 2019, and
Eid ul-Fitr will be on Wednesday, 5th of June 2019.
The Muslim community in the UK have faced confusion for many years regarding the start of Ramadan and Eid dates, resulting in severe difficulties for students, employees and the self-employed who could not take time off from work or from educational institutions due to the wait for last minute confirmation of Eid day.
In the light of clear instructions in the Qur’an and Sunnah and the interpretations and commentaries of the majority of the four prominent jurists, the Islamic scholars have concluded that in the modern age, information and knowledge gathered through astronomical calculations have reached the degree of certainty. For that reason, our prayer times, as well as Suhur and Iftar times, completely rely upon observatory data.
The Ulama of Jama’at Ahl-e-Sunnat and SHF, by agreeing on Islamic and scientific criteria, for the sake of public convenience, have been able to announce the required dates ahead of time, allowing the community to plan ahead while keeping united.