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Resolution No.(280) (14/ 2019) by the Board of Iftaa`, Research and Islamic Studies: "Sighting the Crescent Moon of the Month of Shawwal"

Date:(29/Ramadan/1440 H), corresponding to (3/6/2019).


At its seventh meeting held on the above date, the Board of Iftaa`, Research and Islamic Studies reviewed sighting the crescent of Shawwal for this year(1440) based on the astronomical calculations conducted by the Crescents Committee of the General Iftaa` Department.

After deliberating, the Board decided the following:


"In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful"

Almighty Allah said, " A token unto them is night. We strip it of the day, and lo! they are in darkness. And a Sign for them is the Night: We withdraw therefrom the Day, and behold they are plunged in darkness; And the sun runs his course for a period determined for him: that is the decree of (Him), the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing. And the Moon,- We have measured for her mansions (to traverse) till she returns like the old (and withered) lower part of a date-stalk. is not permitted to the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: Each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit (according to Law)."{Ya-Sin, 37-40}.

He, The Exalted, also said, "(He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful."{Al-Baqarah, 185}. In addition, the Prophet said:"Observe Saum (fast) on sighting the crescent and terminate it on sighting it (the new moon), but if the sky is cloudy before you, then complete the number (thirty days) of the month."{Related by Bukhari}.

In compliance with Sharia texts, the Iftaa` Board, accompanied by the Chief Justice, the Minister of Awqaf, a number of eminent scholars of Sharia, in addition to experts of astronomy, have convened to sight the crescent moon of the month of Shawwal for the Hijri year(1440).

Based on the findingsof the Crescent Sighting Committee and the concerned authorities, which were harmonious with the astronomical calculations, it was ascertained to the Board that tomorrow, Friday, will be the first of Shawwal for this year: (1440 AH), corresponding to (5/6/2019 AD), and so it is the first day of the Eid of Fitr.

Accordingly, the Board is pleased to extend the warmest of congratulations to His Majesty King Abdullah the second Ibn Al-Hussein, His crown Prince, and the Hashemite Family on this blessed occasion. May Allah protect His Majesty and grant Him good health.

The Board also extends its congratulations to the people of Jordan and the Arab and Muslim Nation. It asks Allah to accept our fast and night prayers and showerour beloved Jordan as well as the Muslim world with peace, security, stability and blessings. And Allah the Almighty knows best.


Chairman of Iftaa` Board,
Grand Mufti of Jordan,
Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalayleh
Prof. Abdullah Al-Fawaz, Member
Dr. Majid Darawsheh, Member
Dr. Mohammad Khair Al-Esa, Member
Sheikh Sa`eid Al-Hijjawi, Member
Dr. Ahmad Al-Hasanat, Member
Judge Khalid Woraikat, Member
Dr. Mohammad Al-Zo`bi, Member

Prof. Adam Nooh al-Qhodat

Dr. Rashaad al-Kilaani

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