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Muharram 1437

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On the evening of 13th of October 2015, attempts to sight the Moon in Britain, Morocco & South Africa were unsuccessful. Therefore the Shura of Ulama at Wifaqul Ulama decided that 30 days of Dhul-Hijjah should be completed and the month of Muharram 1437 shall begin from Thursday, the 15th of October 2015.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Safar 1437

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On the evening of 12th of November 2015, attempts to sight the Moon in Britain were unsuccessful, however Moon was successfully sighted in Morocco and Wifaqul Ulama received credible Shariah compliant news. Therefore the Shura of Ulama at Wifaqul Ulama decided that the month of Safar 1437 shall begin from Friday, the 13th of November 2015.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Rabiul-Awwal 1437

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On the evening of 11th of December 2015, attempts to sight the Moon in Britain & Morocco were unsuccessful. Therefore the Shura of Ulama at Wifaqul Ulama decided that 30 days of Safar should be completed and the month of Rabiul Awwal 1437 shall begin from Sunday, the 13th of December 2015. South Africa were a day behind but sighted the Moon (next day) so they also started Rabiul Awwal 1437 from Sunday, the 13th of December 2015.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Rabiut-Thani 1437

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On the evening of 10th of January 2016, attempts to sight the Moon in Britain, Morocco & South Africa were unsuccessful. Therefore the Shura of Ulama at Wifaqul Ulama decided that 30 days of Rabiul Awwal should be completed and the month of Rabiut-Thani (Rabiul Akhir) 1437 shall begin from Thursday, the 12th of January 2016.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Jumadal-Aula 1437

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On the evening of 09th of February 2016, attempts to sight the Moon in Britain were successful (in Leicester), Moon was also successfully sighted in Morocco and Wifaqul Ulama received credible Shariah compliant news. Therefore the Shura of Ulama at Wifaqul Ulama decided that the month of Jumadal Ula 1437 shall begin from Wednesday, the 10th of February 2016.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Jumadul Ukhra 1437

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Most of Britain was heavily overcast today and no reports of Moon Sighting were recieved. There were also no reports of Moon Sighting from over 280+ locations in Morocco. Wifaqul Ulama (Shura) has therefore decided that 30 days of Jumadal-Aula will be completed and Jumadul Ukhra 1437 will begin from Friday the 11th of March 2016.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Rajab 1437

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On the evening of 08th of April 2016, attempts to sight the Moon in Britain were successful (in Croydon). Multiple Scholars at Croydon Mosque sighted the moon. Moon was also successfully sighted in Morocco  & South Africa and Wifaqul Ulama received credible Shariah compliant news. Therefore the Shura of Ulama at Wifaqul Ulama decided that the month of Rajab 1437 shall begin from Saturday, the 09th of April 2016.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Sha’baan 1437

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Wifaqul Ulama advises British Muslims that attempts to sight the Moon in Britain were unsuccessful. However, we have received positive authenticated news about Moon being successfully sighted in Morocco & South Africa. Wifaqul Ulama Shura have therefore decided that the 1st of Islamic Month of Sha’baan 1437 will be Sunday the 08th of May 2016.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

Ramadhan 1437

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Moon was not sighted in United Kingdom, east of Britain in our nearest Muslim country of Morocco and even further in South Africa. Wifaqul Ulama after consultation has therefore decided that 30 days of Sha’baan will be completed and Ramadhan 2016 will begin from Tuesday the 07th of June 2016.First Taraweeh will be on Monday night.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee.

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Shawwal 1437

Moon was not sighted in United Kingdom, east of Britain in our nearest Muslim country of Morocco and even further in South Africa. Wifaqul Ulama after consultation has therefore decided that Ramadhan will be of 29 days and Shawwal 2016 will begin from Wednesday the 06th of July 2016, which will be the day of Eidul-Fit’r

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee. This fax was received in UK roughly 30 minutes before sunset in Britain.

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Dhul-Qa’dah 1437

Moon was not sighted anywhere in Britain or in our closest Muslim country of Morocco. It was also not sighted in South Africa. Wifaqul Ulama have therefore decided that 30 days of Shawwal will be completed and Dhul Qadah 1437 will begin from Friday, the 5th of August 2016.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee. This fax was received in UK roughly 60 minutes before sunset in Britain due to negative Moonsighting which takes no longer because all sighting stations have to report before a report can be sent.

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Dhul-Hijjah 1437

Moon was not sighted anywhere in Britain. However, we have received credible and verified news of sighting from our nearest Muslim country of Morocco. We have also received credible and verified news of sighting from South Africa. Ulama have therefore decided that Dhul Hijjah 1437 will begin from Saturday, the 03rd of September 2016.

Wifaqul Ulama together and in consultation with Batley Moon Sighting Committee make the decision for the start of Islamic Months based on Moonsighting in UK (primary) and Morocco (secondary). Please note that the decision is not necessarily based on Morocco (monthly). Department of Islamic Affairs officially notifies the British Ulama by fax monthly and a copy of the fax for this month can be viewed here, provided as courtesy by Batley Moon Sighting Committee. This fax was received in UK roughly 60 minutes before sunset in Britain due to negative Moonsighting which takes no longer because all sighting stations have to report before a report can be sent.

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