بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia:
Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we have completed twenty nine (29) days of Sha’baan (1433 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam):
((Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days)), [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].
Subsequently, we shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tonight (Thursday 19 July 2012) after the ‘Ishaa. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan tomorrow – Friday 20 July 2012, inshaa’Allaah.
Almost 8 hours left until Maghrib…Allahuma Balighna Ramadan!
Ya Allah allow us to enter Ramadan and let us not die without benefitting from it! Ya Hakeem, Ya Khabeer, Ya ‘Aleem : hasten the release of those imprisoned either mentally or physically by Shayateen, ease the pain of their families/friends/students and make this Ramadan a guiding light for us in the current dark times of this worldly life and on the Day of Judgement as we cross Sirat. Ameen.
With feelings of excitement and apprehension, both, I wish everyone a glorious Ramadan which grants all of us His Qurb and is accepted by Him such that we become destined for a beautiful place near Him in Akhirah! Ameen.
Please don’t forget that while His Pleasure lies in reciting the Quraan and praying Nawafil, His Pleasure also lies in (and is not limited to) controlling your tongue, picking up anything harmful from the way, doing something which makes your family happy, use of Siwak, and being generous in every way possible whether that’s letting things slide or giving money in charity. It’s a bonus round so make sure you act like it’s one. And just because you fall behind and can’t do Taraweeh one night or recite the Quraan at one point or the other… doesn’t mean you lag behind in other good deeds inshaa’Allah. Islam’s a way of life and you can get a good deed recorded for almost everything you do as long as you adhere to conditions of intention and do what is legislated in Islam inshaa’Allah.
And Allah SWT knows best.
With best wishes and many du’aas,