ISNA Fiqh Council Experts are
Naïve and Mislead
ISNA Fiqh Council, ICNA, Shura Council, etc.
often find 1-2 witnesses from somewhere and declare that the Shariah
requirements are met to declare Ramadan and Eid. ISNA’s so-called
“astronomical experts” approve these witnesses with disastrous
Ramadan on the last day of
Sha'ban ("Disobeying the Messenger (S)” (Bukhari);
Lailatul Qadr dates messed up
for observant Muslims;
Eid al-Fitr on the last day
of Ramadan. ((Sat. Nov. 13, 2004, Thu. Nov. 3, 2005)
Eid al-Adha on 9th day of D.
Hijja (ISNA FC's policy)
Dhahiya (Qurbani) done on the
9th of D. Hijja making it invalid, etc., etc.
Durrani was just a novice when he attended IIIT conference in 1986.
By1989 he became ISNA "astronomical expert” for getting his short
notes, documenting “record-breaking” yet BOGUS sightings by casual
observers, published in QJRaS Canada (1989, 83:34) and the Sky &
Telescope (1990, 79:582). His observationally erroneous criterion,
based on Badat (TX), etc. sighting is:
Possible = if Moon's age 13 hours; Probable
= if 14 hours; Certain = if 15 hours
He has kept on
attesting blatantly FALSE and obviously DUBIOUS sighting claims for
the last 18 years. Now he proposes to reduce Danjon’s 7 degrees
elongation limit for crescent moon's formation to 6.5 degrees so that the Islamic dates in N.
America coincide with the Saudi dates. Dr. Salamah has no idea when
a moon could become visible and is eager to accept every claim,
however dubious it may appear by established astronomical facts.
1. Schaefer, et.
al. (QJRaS (1993), 34, 53-56) discredited Durrani’s both
documented sightings. However it did not deter him. He continued
giving approval to ISNA Fiqh Council year after year and remained in
their good books. Ramadan (2004:Oct.14) and Eid al-Fitr (Nov. 3,
2005) were not exceptions. He along with Dr. Salamah confirmed an
“impossible” sighting again for the Fiqh Council only because they
wanted confirmation from them: "Yeh! It was "POSSIBLE". ISNA FC
upgraded it to "PROBABLE".
2. Durrani has
NO SENSE of the shapes and size of the crescent moon, though he
always likes to ask the witnesses (and pretend to know about):
In what direction the horns pointed?
Here is his
report from his web: “...right of the Sun ...around three (3)
minutes after sunset, for a maximum of about two (2) minutes
and the apparent sighting was about two (2) finger widths
8:30 pm EDST, 14 Oct 2004... confirmed as NOT THE HILAL...The
curvature was from 9- to-12-to-3-O'Clock positions for the sister
and from 10-to-12-to-2-O'Clock for the husband... actual Hilal would
have its ends pointing away from the Sun and hence would be pointing
upwards and not downwards.”
expert could accept " a curved line spread 10-12-2 or 9-12-3
(o'clock)" as a crescent moon. Try to visualize the shapes in the
testimony, in both upwards (as he believe the horns pointed), or
downwards (which he said could not). How ABSURD would 10-12-2 or
9-12-3 curves look, with horns pointing UPWARDS? In both 10-2 or 9-3
o’clock positions the ends look only DOWNWARDS, though a crescent
moon of this shape can NEVER be seen in N. America.
3. Durani was
fully aware that a naked eye sighting in Yallop's (Monzur) C and D
zones are out of question. Austin (#2 above) was outside A and B
zones. But he refused to take a hint from the other ISNA expert (Shaukat)
who kept on: "Witness NOT CREDIBLE". The irony is that what was “NOT
THE HILAL” at 8:30 pm became a “Hilal” for ISNA Fiqh Council by
10:00 pm. By approving Nov. 2, 2005 Phoenix, AZ claim Durrani and
Salamah crossed all the limits. Both have NO idea WHEN a crescent
moon generally appears for a naked-eye observer. It NEVER appears in
the first 2-3 minutes AFTER sunset, even on 30th day.
They have no
idea WHERE a crescent moon of a particular month will appear. The
moon moves on the horizon from month to month, and its shape differs
from place to place depending on the moon's location in the northern
or southern hemisphere, the location of the observer, etc. (For
example, in Austin, TX Ramadan 2004 moon was not to the “right of
the sun” as Durrani claims but to the “left”--in southern hemisphere
(9 degrees south of the sun at sunset).
We ask Allah
(SWT) for forgiveness. Ameen. Our words may appear harsh, but they
are from the depths of our hearts. We sincerely advise the Imams and
community leaders who blindly follow ISNA that they should
arrange their own sighting teams at least for Ramadan and Eidian
so that they could not be misled about our obligatory rituals.