Do you know that 66 out of 100 Islamic countries follow calculations for starting Islamic months.
    Countries that follow Saudi
  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Armenia
  4. Austria
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Bahrian
  7. Bangladesh (Some areas follow Saudi)
  8. Belgium
  9. Bolivia
  10. Bosnia and Hercegovina
  11. Bulgaria
  12. Chechnia
  13. Denmark
  14. Finland
  15. Georgia
  16. Hungary
  17. Iceland
  18. Iraq
  19. Ireland
  20. Italy
  21. Jordan
  22. Kazakhstan
  23. Kuwait
  24. Kyrgizstan
  25. Lebanon
  26. Luxembourg
  27. Mauritania
  28. Netherlands
  29. Norway
  30. Palestine
  31. Philippines
  32. Qatar
  33. Romania
  34. Spain
  35. Sudan
  36. Sweden
  37. Switzerland
  38. Syria
  39. Tajikistan
  40. Taiwan
  41. Tatarstan
  42. Turkmenistan
  43. U.A.E.
  44. UK (Some Follow Saudi) [Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London]
  45. Uzbekistan
  46. Yemen
    Countries that follow Turkey
  1. Cosovo
  2. Croatia
  3. Macedonia
  4. Montenegro
  5. Russia
  6. Serbia
  7. Slovenia
    Countries that follow Local Sighting
  1. Australia
  2. Bangladesh (Some Areas Follow Local Sighting)
  3. Brunei
  4. Canada (Some Areas Follow Sighting from other countries)
  5. Chile
  6. Fiji Islands
  7. Guyana
  8. India
  9. Indonesia (Some groups follow Local Sighting)
  10. Iran
  11. Kenya
  12. Libya
  13. Malawi
  14. Malaysia
  15. Mauritius
  16. Morocco
  17. Mozambique
  18. Niger
  19. Oman
  20. Pakistan
  21. Saudi Arabia (Only for Ramadan, Shawwal, and Dhul-Hijja)
  22. South Africa
  23. Sri Lanka
  24. Tanzania
  25. Trinidad & Tobago
  26. USA (Some Follow Local Sighting)
  27. Zambia
  28. Zimbabwe
    Countries that follow Calculations
  1. Algeria
  2. Canada - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America
  3. China - Follow MeccaCalendar.org
  4. Egypt - Moon Born before sunset & moon sets at least 5 minutes after sunset
  5. France (UOIF - Union des Organizations Islamiques de France [Union of the Islamic Organizations of France])
  6. Indonesia - Some groups follow calculations: Age > 8 hours, altitude > 2, elongation > 3
  7. Ireland (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research, Dublin, Ireland: Altitude > 5, elongation > 8 somehwre on the globe)
  8. Luxembourg (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research, Dublin, Ireland: Altitude > 5, elongation > 8 somehwre on the globe)
  9. Maldives - Official announcement from Ministry of Islamic Affairs
  10. Tunisia - Criteria of age, or altitude, or sunset-moonset lag
  11. Turkey - Calculations
    The Islamic calendar used in Turkey is based (partially) on the results of the Conference for Determining the beginnings of Lunar Months which was held in Istanbul, on 28 November 1978. The criteria were Altitude > 5, Elongation > 8
  12. USA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America. The criteria are Moon must be born before Sunset in Makkah, and moonset after sunset in Makkah. These criteria are not applicable for Eid-al-Adha, for which it is relied on Saudi Announcement of Hajj.
    Countries that follow Global Sighting (From Other Countries), if not seen in their country
  1. Canada - Some Follow News from other countries
  2. Bermuda - News from other countries
  3. New Zealand - News from Australia if not seen in New Zealand
  4. Suriname - News from Guyana if not seen in Suriname
  5. UK - News from countries east of UK (e.g., Morocco, South Africa)
    No specific criterion! Decision varies year by year
  1. Nigeria
   Updated March 31, 2014