Just a quick note to announce the beginning of the eight month of the Islamic calendar, Sha’baan, has commenced this evening. We tried to view this moon from our normal sighting location atop Russian Ridge in the Santa Cruz mountains, but fog, wind and a thick marine layer had completely obscured the view from there and any hope of seeing the new crescent. We rushed back down the mountains and directly to the top level of a parking structure of a local hospital. From there we had a clear view of the horizon and we waited there until we sighted it.
Sha’baan is known as the Month of The Prophet. In this month the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing upon him, used to fast more than in any other month outside of Ramadan. It is also a month in which there is a night where those seeking forgiveness of God will find it if they ask. It is the night of the 15th day. So seek out your good fortune in this blessed month and until next time, Peace.