Moon has not been sighted; First of Muharram 1435 is Tuesday November 5th, 2013...November 4, 2013
Assalamou alaikoum wa rahmatou Allahi wa barakatouh,
This is to let you know that the moon has not been sighted anywhere in the world on Sunday, 29th Zul-Hijja, 1434, 3rd of November, 2013, (and was sighted in many locations around the world on Monday November 4th,) in accordance with our criteria. Therefore, Monday, November 4th, is the 30th day of Zul-Hijja and Tuesday, November 5th, is the first day of Muharram and the first day of the Islamic new year 1435.
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 Wednesday and Thursday, November 13th and 14th, 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 ourselves 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