Friday, May 26, 2017

A day (or two days) before fasting

Today is the 30th of Shaaban, a day before Ramadhan. First time without any of my family members on the first day of fasting which I am not yet sure when. During my previous couple of years here, I always followed the decision made by the Board of Imam from Islamic Council of Victoria. They follow the Hijri Calendar, 1st day of fasting is on the 1st of Ramadhan.

However, our friend, a Bangladeshi, he always started a day later, and also celebrate Eid a day later than us. He follows another council that refers to moonsighting. Here, almost every year there is no sign of the moon at the night of the 1st of Ramadhan. So, their 1st day of fasting is on the 2nd of the month.

Now, I am staying at my friend's house in Dandenong. The mosque that we always visit decided not to perform taraweh yet tonight because the moon is not in sight (in Melbourne, Brisbane and other various places around Australia). So, still thinking whether I should stick with what I used to follow, or follow the mosque that I am visiting now.

Hmmm.. still thinking whether want to sahur or not.
But most probably will follow the Hijr calendar. Although I am not together with my family, I want to fast and celebrate Eid on the same day as them.
May Allah accepts our deeds in this holy month regardless which of these two opinions we follow.