In the Name
of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre
Presently this Ummah are
so confused in all matters including moon sightings, due to not taking
guidance from the Quraan.
Allah has clearly
mentioned in the
Quraan that one of purpose of phases of the moon is to calculate
Islaamic date, (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.189). Below are just few points to
re-think about and revive Islaam in the light of the Quraan (Book of
wonder why our Ulema (Scholars) issue Fatwas, which seem ridiculous.
ago, when clocks and watches were invented; use of those devices for
prayer times was not allowed per Fatwas of Ulema'.
ago, translating Quraan in any other language was considered a taboo,
and was not allowed per Fatwas by Ulema of that time.
100 years ago, in India, calculated Prayer Times were not
acceptable per Fatwas by Ulema of that time.
60 years ago, loud speakers use for Prayers was considered
Haraam, per Fatwas by Ulema in Indo-Pak.
50 years ago, taking picture for ID or passports was
considered Haraam, per Fatwas by Ulema in Indo-Pak.
first introduced to King Faisal in Saudi Arabia was announced Haraam
due to human voice and later accepted as Halaal due to listening
Recitation of the Quraan through it for demonstration.
Vote to elect a candidate in election were initially declared
Haraam and later accepted.
Around 573 years ago in 1440 printing the Quraan in printing
press was not allowed and around 250
later were accepted.
Blood donation initially declared Haraam and later after
several decades accepted Halaal to save a life.
When airplane was first invented our outdated religious
scholars denied and later accepted.
Syed Ahmed Khan in India in 18 century asked Muslims to learn English
and started Alighar School, outdated Religious Scholars declared him as
Kafir and later he was accepted as Mujaddid of that time by other
all of the above is considered, not only allowed, but people don't even
know that these were not allowed before. Why, it takes decades for
Ulema to accept such things. One of the reasons is whatever information
was available at that time to our Ulema, based on that they have given
Fatwas could be adjusted or modified based on currently available
information and this further could be readjusted or modified in future
the bases of information available in future. All Ulema tried their best to
help this Ummah, and May Allah give them Great Reward on their help,
always need to look for Auliyaas and Mujaddids of present time to
tackle all modern challenges, and who are always there and will be
there in future to help Muslim Ummah, for which we need to open our
heart to understand them and be with them all the time,
and Mujaddids might be in simple local dress.
Man has gone
to the moon, walked on it, spoke to us from there, yet our Ulema refuse
to seriously consider using modern technology for the unity of the
Why Eid Moon cannot be calculated while Sea travelers can
since long time until the arrival of GPS.
For the last 30 years, Ulema do not accept moon-sighting by
telescope/Satellites etc. Would it
take another few decades to accept that???
World renowned Islamic
Qardawi once said "while the Zionist State of Israel is photographing
every inch of the Arab world for destruction, we are debating whether
photography is Haram or Halaal".
we face is that we
get Fatwas from 2 extreme points. The only way to get over this is to
have Council of International Muslim Jurists (Ulema and Muslim
Scientists) representing a wider opinion.
Fatwas are opinions of
scholars in the field of religion. Fatwas are
time and space bound.
To obtain a Fatwa on some major issues we need Scholars not only in the
field of Islam, but also in the field of different sciences and
philosophies. Such scholars are hard to come by. The other problem we
encounter is the interpretation of the Quraan and Hadeeth. A good
number, strictly adhere to the literal interpretation while others
probe in to essence of the Quraan and Hadeeth. Looking for the essence
of the faith is a tough task. Many of our Ulema are unaware of science
and many of our Muslim scientists are unaware of Quraan and Hadeeth.
Those who are Sharing Same Night
with Kabah, Makkah must celebrate their Eid and Ramadaan
same together, (Ref: Al_Quraan_097.005). Global
Moon sighting must be observed around Makkah.
At the time of Magrib (Sunset) in Makkah then people in the far east,
who have not yet started their Fajir time, are sharing the same night.
Also before time of Fajir at Makkah people on the far west, who have
started their Maghrib (Sunset) time, are sharing the same night. Remember: Kabah in Makkah is Center of the Earth.
Thanks to Allah, USA and
have solved moon sighting crisis and they are moving towards Global
Islaamic Calendar. http://www.fiqhcouncil.org, Ref:
Muhammad (pbuh) never ever foretold, (Ref. Al_Quraan_006.050,
Fatwas are better than Quraanic Fatawa, (Ref: Al_Quraan_005.050,
045.006, 052.034, 077.050).
Al-Quraan, the Miracle of Miracles and free from contradictions and