Welcome Ramadan with the IAR

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever observes the month, let him fast it ... (Quran 2:185)

All praise is to Allah and may His peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad.

Respected brothers and sisters of greater Raleigh, it is my honor on behalf of the Islamic Association of Raleigh to congratulate you on the anticipated arrival of a beloved guest - the month of Ramadan. I would like to encourage every brother, sister, and family to prepare a great intention and to maximize his or her efforts leading up to and during this month, that Allah may accepts us among the successful and righteous believers.

Our center is blessed with a great team of volunteers and staff working to bring our community an outstanding spiritual, educational, and social program for the entire family. Please visit the center to pick up a copy of this year's prayer calendar and list of services, view them on our website, or download our smartphone app on Apple iOS or Google Android.

Under the supervision of the Imam, the IAR will be abiding by the criteria of the American Muslim Jurists Association (AMJA) council and the Carolina Islamic Council (CIC) in following global moonsighting for the start of the month. It is anticipated that there is a significant likelihood of Saturday, May 27 being the start of the month and Friday, May 26 the first night of taraweeh. However, the final notification will come after 9pm on Thursday, May 25: please sign up for our lists to be notified by text message/SMS, email via the IAR's general listserv, Facebook, Twitter, our website, or our iPhone or Android apps.

While we adopt a strong reference and scholarly position for determining these dates, we advise ourselves and others that tolerating Fiqh differences is among the most important of Islamic ethics. Upholding the unity of Muslims takes precedence above any valid difference of Fiqh opinions. We must recognize the legitimacy of differences on this issue and extend the utmost respect to other imams, communities, and councils that may adopt a different opinion.

May Allah bless our beloved community and allow us to receive this Ramadan with full eman and sincerity.

Your brothers,
Mohamed AbuTaleb & Muamar Dahnoun
Office of the Imam, Islamic Association of Raleigh