Salamun Alaikum Wa Rehmatullahe Wa Barakatuhu,
Based on reported sightings of the crescent, Thursday, June 18, 2015 was determined to be the 1st of Ramadhan 1436 AH. I offer my heartfelt congratulations on the coming of this gracious month and pray that its days are filled with light, guidance, and success for you and your loved ones. Let us take advantage of the blessings of this month and not waste a single minute of it -- every moment counts. Let us be kinder to one another. Let us provide the helping hand where it is needed. Let us celebrate our diversity and appreciate our differences. As Allah (swt) tells us, "O mankind! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes that you may identify yourselves with one another. Indeed the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most Godwary among you." - The Holy Quran 49:13.
Let us come together in celebration of our success and in reflection of our downfalls. I pray that we can utilize this month for true progress for ourselves as individuals, and ultimately as a community. A community cannot be without its individuals. So I thank you in advance individually for your effort in betterment during this blessed month, because your effort to better yourself is an effort to better the community.
Last but not the least, let us pray for the victory of those who are fighting to protect the Holy Shrines in Iraq and Syria and offer Surah Al-Fatiha for the benefit of those who sacrificed their lives for the same.
With kind prayers,