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The start date of Ramadan is no longer established as before, here is what has changed

When Ramadan begins? For years, the CFCM's decision was taken at face value. the outcome of a "night of doubt". Things have changed, the dates of Ramadan are no longer fixed as before.

The month of Ramadan is the most important month of the year for Muslims, especially for those who respect fasting and prohibitions. It is therefore important for them to know when exactly Ramadan begins. And this may seem curious, but the way of establishing the start date of the month of fasting has changed considerably. ;eacute; in France over the last three years. To understand what happened, you need to keep this in mind: the dates of Ramadan are… nbsp;fixed according to the Islamic lunar calendar, which is based on on the phases of the moon. The month of Ramadan – like all other months – begins in this calendar with the appearance of the new Moon.

However, two methods coexist to establish the appearance of the new Moon. The first is based on the visual observation of the star in the sky, carried out by religious authorities or committees. specific. They traditionally meet during the “night of doubt”, to establish this observation. If the crescent Moon is visible in the sky the naked eye, then Ramadan begins the next day. Otherwise, it starts the following day. The other method is called “scientific”, it is based on technical and reliable astronomical calculations, to predict the phases of the moon and therefore fix the Ramadan dates à in advance. These calculations can be based on modern software and were previously unavailable. put forward only by fairly marginalized Muslim associations.

In France, until 2022, Muslims in France followed the directives of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM), an authoritative entity. The CFCM fixed the dates of Ramadan after the observation of the sky, carried out each year at the end of the year. the Great Mosque of Paris, with all the Muslim federations representing this religion in France, during "the night of doubt& quot;. But very strong internal dissensions within its representations changed everything. The CFCM and the authorities of the Great Mosques of Paris have severed ties. And the great meeting of sky observation is no longer at all what it was.

The CFCM first of all changed its radically different position: according to the council, the correct method for setting the date of Ramadan is indeed the astronomical method from now on. Moreover, a press release of the CFCM of February 14 definitively indicates that Ramadan 2024 begins on Monday March 11 and that science is very clear on the subject.

The Great Mosque of Paris, associated with other organizations representing the Muslim faith, continues to organize a night of doubt to observe the appearance of the Moon with the naked eye. But she too has changed; position. From now on, this observation is no longer at all as fundamental as before, but is more part of a form of custom and serves as confirmation. "The Grande Mosquée de Paris remains deeply attached to this tradition which illustrates the unity of Muslims in the preparation of the blessed month of Ramadan, she explains this year in a press release, adding that # 39;in reality, the CFCM method is well taken into account, specifying that "the religious commission will take into consideration firstly the visual observation of the new moon without excluding the results of astronomical calculations. Since a consensus is sought, it is likely that the date of March 11 will be retained as the first day of Ramadan 2024 in France.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116