In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Moon Sighting vs Moon Fighting
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

Celebration of Eid and starting of Ramadaan has become Moon Fighting. It became a BIG Joke in the Global Muslim World, who are widely divided on moonsighting and celebrating their Eid or Ramadaan on 2 to 3 different days. Don't forget that there is only one Sun, one Earth and its one Moon. Thanks to Allah, Fridays are not decided by moon sightings otherwise it could be a real mess. Those who do not follow Allah’s commandments in spirit may face consequences and misunderstanding which ignites disunity in Ummah, while Allah wants Ummah’s Unity in spirit otherwise they will be week and face severe consequences. Today we see Ummah is being butchered all over. They are not taking guidance from the Quraan and in all matters they are widely divided. Allah has created the sun and the moon and the universe etc.

Below is just one scenario what happens when one is confused about moonsighting and switches from one method to another method.

31 days of Dhu'l-Qi'dah and 28 days of Dhu'l-Hijjah:

Yes, it may happen ONLY in USA, Canada, and in the far west since ISNA, ICNA, Fiqh Council of North America and others who follow similar approaches.

These people may switch to 1st Dhu'l-Hijjah as per Makkah Calendar and then go back to 1st day of Muharram as per local calendar.

Take an example that on 30th day of Dhu'l-Qi'dah as per their local calendar in USA and Canada BUT people of Makkah might not see the moon because they might be having one day less i.e. 29th day of Dhu'l-Qi'dah, so they will have to complete 30 day of Dhu'l-Qi'dah, this way they will observe 31 days of Dhu'l-Qi'dah.

Similarly for 1st day of Muharram USA and Canada will follow their local calendar which might be a day earlier than Makkah, so they might have to observe 28 days of Dhu'l-Hijjah.

When people raised questions concerning moon phases, Allah has clearly mentioned in the Quraan that this to find Hajj days and Calendar. Since Hajj is only and only observed in Makkah so moonsighting MUST be observed according to Makkah NOT your backyard or others backyard. The Quraan makes the thing clear and make easy to understand.

Allah has already mentioned the solution of moon sighting in the Quraan very CLEARLY that it MUST be according to Makkah Islaamic Calendar globally depending upon Very First Visible Birth of the Moon near the House of Allah (Kabah) for the whole world, NOT according to any other specific region/area/house/ or backyard, and we must take guidance from the Quraan to perform Hajj for all Muslims around the Globe and not very specific to one region, do fasting in the month of Ramadaan and celebrate Eid, GLOBALLY and follow one Makkah Islaamic Calendar globally in the light of Quraan (book of guidance), (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.189, 003.096, 006.096, 010.005).

They ask you (Muhammad {Peace be Upon Him}) about the (visible) phases of the moon! Say, They provide a timing device for the Global People, and Determine the Time of HAJJ (in Makkah for the whole world Globally), and it is not righteousness that you should enter the houses by back doors, but righteousness is this that one should guard (against evil); and go into the houses by their (main) doors and be careful (of your duty) to Allah, that you may be successful, (Al_Quraan, { Surah Al-baqara} 002.189).

In the above verses Allah is clearly mentioning that the Phase of the Moon is to Determine the Time of HAJJ and Do NOT create your personal calendar, rather build one unified Global Islaamic Calendar which must follow Makkah Islaamic Calendar. Allah knows what he has created as well as He clearly mentioned to follow Makkah. STOP Moon Fighting and start following Makkah Islaamic Calendar for Ummah Unity.

If you are not following Makkah to Establish Salaat, Celebrate Ramadaan, Eid, Hajj and other Worshiping Method etc., then you are dividing Religion Islaam and your matter is with Allah, (Ref: Al_ Quraan_002.125-129, 002.130-138, 002.142-144, 002.149-150, 002.189, 003.095-097, 003.103, 003.106, 006.096, 006.159, 010.005).

None argue concerning the revelations (Ayaat) of Allah but those who disbelieve ..., (Ref: Al_Quraan_040.004).


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