Celebrating Eid on the same day in North America is no longer just a community issue but it has percolated down to become a family one.
Many extended families are finding themselves in a most difficult position where family members are starting and ending the month of Ramadan on separate days because they attend different Islamic centers or subscribe to different views.
This is a pitiful state for a religious community to be in, especially one that values relationships so highly.
Indeed, it is a crisis of authority at all levels – from leaders to followers.
Will Muslims be able to celebrate Eid on one day in North America?
Occasionally, but it would not be by consensus any time soon.
It would only be as a result of circumstance – that is, if the moons align properly it may happen once in a while.
So improving this most difficult situation should be the objective of leaders and followers alike and new approaches are required.
The issue needs to be framed properly.