Moon Sighting Policy

Islamic Foundation Policy on Determining the Beginning and Ending of Islamic Months

The Islamic Foundation Board of Trustees with the assistance of the Religious Affairs Committee have deliberated into the methodology that Islamic Foundation should adopt to make decisions on the beginning and ending of Islamic months.  Based on the advice of scholars, the practice of our community who offer prayers at the Islamic Foundation regularly, and the practices of other mosques in the nearby surroundings, the Islamic Foundation Board of Trustees have approved the following:

  • Islamic Foundation will determine the beginning and ending of Islamic months based on regional moonsighting.
  •  Islamic Foundation will announce the beginning of all Islamic months, including Muharram, Ramadan, Shawaal, and Dhul-Hijjah based on the decision of The Chicago Hilal Committee (
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