Ramadan 2008August 31, 2008
The MCM moonsighting committee is pleased to announce that the first of Ramadan, 1429, is Monday, September 1st, 2008, according to the agreed upon Moonsighting Criteria, and abased on credible moonsightings in many places around the world.
The MCM committee has received two independent sightings by two brothers, the shehada was taken by. Sh. Ewais, the Imam of Anselme Lavigne mosque.
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The Muslim Council of Montreal would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed Ramadan and may Allah grant you the success in this world and the hereafter. Fasting is an act of obedience and submission to Allah the Almighty. In addition, fasting promotes the spirit of unity and belonging within the Muslim Ummah, the spirit of human equality, the spirit of charity and sympathy, and it calls for Islamic Sociability.
Muslims in Montreal are urged to invite others, muslims and non muslims, to break the fast with them at sunset and to gather for Qur'anic study, prayer and visits. This provides a better chance for socialization in a brotherly and spiritual atmosphere. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) indicated on more than one occasion that inviting a fasting person to break his fast (after sunset) is an act which is highly rewarded by Allah the Almighty.
Please do not forget our brothers and sisters in unfortunate areas around the world. They are suffering in Palestine, Iraq, etc.. and they might not find the joy of fasting as we do. May you please ask Allah the Almighty to alleviate their distress and shower them with his blessings.