Moon has been sighted; First of Muharram 1434 is Thursday November 15th, 2012...November 15, 2012
Assalamou alaikoum wa rahmatou Allahi wa barakatouh,
This is to let you know that the moon has been sighted on Wednesday, 29th Zul-Hijja, 1433, 14th of November, 2012, in accordance with our criteria. Therefore, Thursday, November 15th, is the first day of Muharram and the first day of the Islamic New Year 1434.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and Muslims around the world all the best.
Please don't forget that Rasoul Allah (SAAW) encouraged fasting the 9th and 10th of Muhrram, which will be on Friday and Saturday, November 23rd and 24th, in shaa Allah. We fast these days to thank Allah Taala for saving Prophet Mousa (AA) and his people from oppression.
Let us start our new year with obedience and repentance to Allah Taala, asking Him SWT to forgive us all our shortcomings and to guide us toward the straight path, unite the Umma of Muhammad SAAW toward better future and success in this life and the hereafter, and to bestow His mercy and protection on all of us.
This is a good chance for us and our children to reflect on the life long struggle of the Prophet SAAW and his companions, their sacrifices to bring Islam to us, and the lessons learned from Seera in general and Hijra in particular.
All the best to you and yours
Wa assalamou alaikoum