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Go look for ربيع الاول (Robī³ al-awwal)


By AbdurRahman - Posted on 07 March 2008

Tonight is the evening to look for the new moon for ربيع الاول (Robī³ al-awwal), the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Although yesterday (Friday) was the 29th, the day one typically looks for the first crescent, the sun sat at 18:08 and the moon sat only 21 minutes later at 18:29 here in Northern California, giving the moon only 0.2% of phase, much less than the 1.0% typically necessary for naked-eye visibility at this time of year.

This evening (Saturday), however, the moon should be clearly visible throughout North America, and much of South America, Africa, and Asia as well. Please make an effort to go out and look for the new moon, as doing so is a highly meritorious action and a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

The month of Robī³ al-awwal is widely accepted as being the month in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was born. Many distinguished scholars of Islam, past and present, have commemorated the occasion of his birth with remembrance of his life and work and the nobility of his character, which continues to illuminate the paths of human excellence to this very day.

For more information visit CrescentWatch.org.