Ramadan Mubarak 1435/2014 Announcement

The Islamic Foundation of Ireland wishes to congratulate the Muslim ummah the commencement of the blessed month of Ramadan, which has been confirmed for Saturday, 28 June 2014. 

May Allah s.w.t. shower you and your families with His infinite mercy and blessings and may all your fasts and good deeds be accepted.  

Ramadan Mubarak.

Taraweeh prayers will be performed immediately after 'Ish'aa prayers. 

Dublin Ramadan timetable is now available for download, please check the attachment below. To access individual cities, please see this page.

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    • tamer

      tamer 07 Jul 2014 13:48

      Salam alykom ; in my 5 years in ireland never feel problem in starting date of ramdan it is always same back home this my first year to feel that I am not aware with the starting date of ramdan!!! I already started 29 as I got schoked when I find out it was sat!!?? Have to say we should vote as muslim community for who will be responsible and qualified to say when Ramadan start or finish because as I see there is some people should stay home will be better for them and us!!!! Such joke ( you done big mistake 100%)

    • ConnaughtMuslim

      ConnaughtMuslim 05 Jul 2014 5:17

      "al fitna tul ashadddu minal qatl"
      If IFI has announed a decision being central mosque in Ireland , i think we should follow and let them answer to Allah for right or wrong. We have nothing to loose for one extra fast.
      Difference with any one who says anything against Quran & Hadith whether its central mossque or who so ever is a diffferent thing, but this is a discretion, given by Allah to be used with unity and love.If people are not happy , they can get together some day with peace and discuss it for better future and revise the central body if needed.
      pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeese Dont fight.
      We are going to enter Jannah because of Allah's Rahmat only (al hadith)
      so We should not try to be champions of our piety and taqwa (leave this with Allah)

    • Tariq

      Tariq 04 Jul 2014 11:55

      what time is the taraweeh prayers today(4th July) in Dublin Mosque?

    • Abdul khan

      Abdul khan 29 Jun 2014 17:52

      WE should wellcome to blessing month of Ramadan,whether its one day befor or later,May Allah give you reward of fasting and forgive our sin(amin)

    • aisha

      aisha 29 Jun 2014 13:31

      i dont seem to understand why some people are soo bitter about it. our intentions are the most important things here. if you started your fast a day before you were suppose to (just like me ) based on what was announced that is fine ALLAH understands. you have not committed a sin just take it as a blessing and carry on.
      that is what i feel but i may be wrong. but i would like to suggest that there should be a meeting of all Imams of ALL the mosques in Ireland (those who cannot make it-use skype) prior to the start of Ramadan in order to avoid such dis unity in d future.

    • Mohammed

      Mohammed 28 Jun 2014 23:44

      I think icci and ifi should come up with a formal reply to the certain confusion regarding the start of ramdan as they have to testify in front of Allah how they base their decision on starting ramdan while countries with bigger Muslim communities nearby has decided in contrast to start on Sunday if it is based on calculation how can it b different fro rest of Europe and if it is based on sighting the moon why did they choose to ignore Saudi n follow Yemen certain we as Muslims represented by these two bodies we have the right to be addressed with a clear explanation ..!

    • ahmed

      ahmed 28 Jun 2014 23:32

      salam alikom allah Almousta3ane

    • Dr. Ibraheem

      Dr. Ibraheem 28 Jun 2014 20:35

      Please read this letter by a prominent Irish Imam of Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland on this issue.

      In the name of Almighty Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. Peace & Blessings upon the best of all creation the Beloved Prophet Muhammad

      In regards to the decision by the Irish Council of Imams of observing 1st of Ramadan on Saturday 28th June 2014 I would like to share my thoughts.

      I am writing to you in regards to the serious issue of disunity among Irish Muslims that has come up in regards to the observation of Ramadan for 2014 / 1435H.

      Decision of Irish Council of Imams

      The Irish Council of Imams was established in 2005. Currently the council has more than 15 members.

      The ICI adopted a policy that ICI will accept the announcement of ANY Muslim Country and adopt it respectively. This policy was adopted democratically in a meeting in ICI a few years ago.

      According to this policy ICI announced that since Turkey and Yemen have announced Saturday 27th June 2014 to be the first of Ramadan 1435 H, Irish Council of Imams will also do the same.

      Disunity among Muslims in Ireland on this issue

      Even though personally I was not in favor of the decision of the ICI, for the sake of unity among Muslims and acknowledging the authority of the ICI,I announced in Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland that Tarawih will be held Friday 27th June 2014 and after Tarawih found out that some mosques have decided NOT to accept the announcement of the Irish Council of Imams.

      These mosques are Limerick Mosque, Cork Mosque, Longford Mosque, Lucan Mosque, Dawah Centre, Madinah Mosque (Dublin City) and Sligo Mosque

      This came as a shock to me as Cork Mosque, Luca Mosque and Limerick Mosque have representation in the Irish Council of Imams.

      Why did these Imams choose to go against the decision of ICI. To differ in opinion is one thing but to decide to go against the decision of ICI is weakening the unity of Muslims in Ireland on this important issue.

      The best approach would have been, in my opinion, to accept the decision of the authority and internally lobby to change the policy of ICI. This would not only avoid the disunity and confusion among Muslims, but at the same time address the concerns of these Imams including myself.

      Unfortunately the approach taken by the Mosques has created for the first time in the history of Ireland a situation that is common and embarrassing in the UK.

      Recommendations for the ICI

      The ICI must meet at the 29th of Shaban every year to ensure that the decision of the ICI is effectively communicated to all members and all members sign a document that they agree with the decision.

      ICI must organize a meeting to review its current policy as the announcements by Turkey and Yemen are absolutely wrong since there was no possibility of moon visibility Friday night. ICI must adopt a different policy and method. This could be following Saudi Arabia or adopting scientific calculation. This is to be discussed by the members. Once this is decided in light of the majority opinion it must be documented with signatures of all members.

      ICI must organise an urgent meeting to address the current issue as some Muslims are observing 1st Ramadan today on Saturday 28th June and some will observe 1st Ramadan on Sunday 29th June 2014.

      Advice to Muslims in Ireland

      The advice to Muslims in Ireland is to stick to the announcement to observe Ramadan from Saturday 28th June 2014. This is because the decision has been made by an umbrella organisation of Imams. It has been made by an authority of scholars based in Ireland.

      The decision not to fast from today is only of 3 Imams. The other Mosques that have decided not to fast do not have an Imam representative in the Irish Council of Imams and have chosen to follow the UK. It is the best approach to follow the umbrella body Irish Council of Imams which since 2005 has been announcing the beginning and end of Ramadan.

      May Almighty Allah give us taufiq to unite and avoid such situation in future, ameen.


      Dr. Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri
      Imam Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland www.islamiccentre.ie

    • abderrezak

      abderrezak 28 Jun 2014 14:47

      UAE,KSA,Kuwait,Malaysia,Australia,Uk They have not fitna with starting fasting on sunday as they will have the same day eid el fitr inchallah but here in ireland if we don't fellow our IFC what we do is fitna

    • Helena

      Helena 28 Jun 2014 11:01

      I would just like to say that the religion of islam is extremely simple, if you see the moon you start fasting if not you complete 30 days. The problems come in when organisations start using astronomy to calculate the new moon. Any simple person can see the moon with their eyes, we should not have to look towards expert astronomers to find our if the month has started or not.. All I would like to ask from ici is if they sighted the moon or astronomical calculations were used? As a revert to islam I am very upset to see how Muslims make islam difficult and cause divisions in the ummah! I call on whoever is wrong in this situation, for the sake of unity of the ummah to leave all pride and unite us all on one decision!

    • rafik

      rafik 28 Jun 2014 9:52

      assalamo alaykoum,
      any explanation to this?
      source: http://www.islamicmoon.com/
      Last Updated: 27 June, 2014 07:36 PM
      Saudi Arabia has just announced that SUNDAY, June 29, and not Saturday June 28 is the first date of Ramadan 2014.

      Now ISNA faces a dilemma.

      ISNA announced June 28 (Sat) as the first date of Ramadan, although the data clearly showed that Ramadan Moon will NOT BE VISIBLE anywhere in the world including N. America and Canada in the evening of Friday. CFCO Intl. expects ISNA will issue a correction.

    • zeenat

      zeenat 28 Jun 2014 1:42

      Book 31: Fasting
      Hadith 130 (Volume 3)
      Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:

      Allah's Apostle mentioned Ramadan and said, "Do not fast unless you see the crescent (of Ramadan), and do not give up fasting till you see the crescent (of Shawwal), but if the sky is overcast (if you cannot see it), then act on estimation (i.e. count Sha'ban as 30 days)."

    • Shameer

      Shameer 28 Jun 2014 1:42

      Is moon is sighted in Dublin

    • Tariq

      Tariq 28 Jun 2014 1:21

      salam, according to

      the new moon was on 27th June at 9:09PM, which if seen from Islamic point of view should be a new month. so announcement for first day of fasting on the 28th of june according to me is right.

      according to another website new moon was on 27th June at 9:10PM.
      The website is

      Also because Ireland has their own Islamic institution we should follow what they say and not what other countries. If they inform us or guide us wrong they will be answerable to Allah.
      I maybe wrong so if i am wrong please feel free to correct me

    • Shah

      Shah 28 Jun 2014 0:58

      This is most outrageous and illogical decision...May I demand to know on what evidence you guys are starting fast from tomorrow? Please stop this FITNA and UNITE IN ISLAM...SHAME ON YOU

    • Shameer

      Shameer 28 Jun 2014 0:46

      Asalam brother is moon is sighted in Dublin because we are confuse some people are fasting on 28th and some on 29th

    • Mahmood

      Mahmood 28 Jun 2014 0:26

      Someone must answer this as brothers are asking "How come UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Malaysia, Australia and UK all have announced Ramadan to commence on 29th June 2014 while Ireland announcing it's on 28 th June?" since last couple of years decisions of moon sighting being made by ICCI are extremely questionable.

    • abdou allah

      abdou allah 28 Jun 2014 0:19

      hasebeuna allah wani3ema el'wakyle

    • Dr Asif

      Dr Asif 28 Jun 2014 0:17

      Salam , we just called this same center in Dublin and they said that they decided Fast on Saturday based on seeing the moon in Yemen !!! This is not a joke .....this is what this center,s representative said , we will not folllow them , rather we will follow Saudi Arabia , so should evey one in Ireland to make things easy for eveyone.
      Letterkenny Islamic Assoication

    • Helena

      Helena 27 Jun 2014 23:17

      Assalam alaikcum, can I humbly ask that how we are fasting tomorrow when the uk, Middle East and Saudia Arabia will not be? Was the moon sighted in dublin?

    • naseer

      naseer 27 Jun 2014 22:39

      Asalam Brother

      I don't understand some mosque in dublin also start ramadan from sunday, which one is correct

    • Wasim Butt

      Wasim Butt 27 Jun 2014 21:26

      Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslim community.

    • Wail Mohammed

      Wail Mohammed 27 Jun 2014 20:51

      Question : How come UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Malaysia, Australia and UK all have announced Ramadan to commence on 29th June 2014 while Ireland announcing it's on 28 th June?

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