بسم اللہ الرحمٰن الرحیم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Dear Milton Muslim Community Members,
It has come to our attention that many members of Milton Muslim Community were confused if Muslim Association of Milton started following the Calculation method for Islamic Calendar and stopped following Toronto Hilal Committe. Muslim Association of Milton would like to clarify that It still follows moon sighting as the only method to declare the start of the Islamic month.
Toronto Hilal Committee used to recognize west coast moon sighting as part of their horizon (Mutlaa’), until the day light started getting longer and they only received the west coast moon sighting report after midnight. They then limited their horizon to Chicago central time zone. Muslim Association of Milton followed their new rule as it was impossible to wait for the west coast report when the day time was long.
In the last couple of years, the daylight started getting shorter and shorter and it will keep getting shorter, and the moon sighting report from west coast can be received at a reasonable time (around 10:30 PM) to notify the Milton Muslim community.
The Muslim Association of Milton advised the Toronto Hilal Committe we should revert back to the old horizon and include the west coast moon sighting, but they decided to proceed with the new horizon limit to Chicago time zone.
The Muslim Association of Milton decided to expand the moon sighting horizon back to include west coast moon sighting starting from this year, until the days get longer again.
The Muslim Association of Milton will keep recognizing the moon sighting report from anywhere in North and Latin America including Toronto Hilal Committee.
On Monday, April 12 Toronto Hilal Committee declared that the moon was not sighted up to the Chicago time zone, but the moon was sighted in San Diego in California at 10:37 PM EDT. So Muslim Association of Milton recognized San Diego moon sighting report and declared the first day Ramadan is on Tuesday April 13th, 2021.
We hope this clears any confusion you may have had.
Jazakoum Allah Khayran