Revive the Sunnah to go outside and look for the new crescent moon in the evening sky that will mark the beginning of Ramadan.
Join us in the MCC parking lot at sunset (8 p.m.) and join in the excitement when the young crescent moon (hilal) ushers in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The Tri-Valley Stargazers will also setup telescopes that will allow us to peer at other planets in the night sky.
MCC adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon globally. Sha’ban began on April 7 and MCC will confirm start of Ramadan on the evening Sunday, May 5.
If the moon is sighted, the first night of Taraweeh will be after Isha at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 and the first day of fasting will be Monday, May 6.
Otherwise, the first day of fasting is Tuesday, May 7 and the first night of Taraweeh prayers is Monday, May 6.
Both the MCC homepage (www.mcceastbay.org) and the MCC’s automated phone menu (925-485-1786) will announce the start of Ramadan by 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.
On this day, sunset in Pleasanton is at 8:05. We will look for the moon and peer at the planets and stars from 8:05 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the MCC Parking Lot. Please come early as we will have long lines to view the planets in the sky with the high-visibility telescopes.