Canada and US will celebrate the first day of Ramadan on Monday, May 6.
The council stated that the “Astronomical New Moon is on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 22:47 Universal Time. “On that day, there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun.”
The calculation found that Ramadan cannot start on the “next day,” concluding that the first day of Ramadan will be on May 6.
The council also announced that the first Taraweeh prayer (extra evening prayers) will start on Sunday night.
Canada’s Muslim Association (MAC) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) traditionally follow the Fiqh Council of North America for guidance on the dates of Ramadan and Eid.
The council also announced that the first day Eid al-Fitr is June 4. Eid al-Fitr is a feast to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Eid is the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the lunar based Islamic calendar.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the majority of European countries will also celebrate the first day of Ramadan on Monday.
This evening Morocco will announce whether the first day of Ramadan in the North African country is on Monday or Tuesday.
Moroccan astronomers said in April that the country will likely celebrate the first day of Ramadan on Tuesday.