Consultants Failed Muslims
ISNA consultants ratified a
“naked-eye sighting” claim by a lone witness from Phoenix, AZ against unanimous
opinion of the astronomers. ISNA Muftis instantly approved this claim as
“credible” against overwhelming odds and declared Eid on the last day of
What happened to the scientific
rule of “repeatability” before accepting a claim? Why did ISNA experts fail to
consider the simple fact that all others who were present at the same location
with this person were unable to see any moon? Why did ISNA Fiqh Council throw
the “Ghalabat-al-Yaqeen” (Near-certainty), and “Jam-un Azeem” (a large number of
witnesses from a town, if the sky is clear) requirements out of the window for
ending Ramadan month? Were they that desperate to have Eid with those who
started Ramadan on Tuesday Oct. 4 that they asked Muslims to miss a day of
obligatory Ramadan fasting?
Let us analyze the role of ISNA’s two astronomical
consultants (Mohib and Salamah) in Eid fiasco and their amazing incompetence.
ISNA, until 10:00pm on November 2, 2005 has been
All Muslim astronomical consultants are unanimous that with NAKED
EYE it is IMPOSSIBLE to see it anywhere in North America.
At 10:00 pm ISNA declared:
Tomorrow, Thursday 3 Nov 2005 CE is the first day of Shawwal (Eid al-Fitr).
How did this miracle happen?
ISNA consultants, Khalid Shaukat, ruled that naked-eye
sighting claim from Phoenix is not credible. As usual he was ignored. Two
other ISNA consultants assured the Muftis that the lone witnesses ISNA could
find in whole of N. America were “Credible”. The two ‘astronomical experts’ (??)
declared a naked-eye sighting “Possible” against unanimous opinion of all
astronomers that it was IMPOSSIBLE for North America.
The written statement of the
witness on Mohib’s web reads in part:
Arizona… out of a large group… (ONE witness) saw illusive Hilal at
5:42 …for a few seconds …
to the left of … the sun – (Hilal)
spanning the distance from the seven o'clock and two o'clock hand of an
analog clock.…continually observe it until
about 5:41pm…One other brother … was able to see it…Our Imam saw
it at first sight but… was not certain of his sighting.”
It is amazing how ISNA
consultants found NO fault with this account.
1. Why did
everybody in the "large" group NOT SEE what only one could see?
2. How a
29-day-Hilal could be visible within 4 minutes of the sunset?
3. Why was it
visible only for “a few seconds”?
4. Why was the Hilal upside down - extended from 7 to 2 on a clock?
5. Why did the
second witness not provide details to corroborate the claim?
6. Why did the
third person (Imam) abandon his claim of sighting?
7. Why nobody
from Phoenix to Pacific coast could see this moon again?
From his description of
the observed object as “illusive” the witness appeared himself doubtful. The
unfortunate tragedy lies with the two experts who accepted it. Note that there
was no second witness’s statement in support of this faulty evidence.
ISNA experts have to answer all
these questions with solid observational data to back their recommendation.
ISNA FIQH COUNCIL IGNORED
SHAHADAH RULES FOR EID MOON
ISNA Fiqh Council itself had
earlier agreed that naked-eye sighting in N. America was IMPOSSIBLE.
Only Salamah surmised (without any
supporting observational data) that a moon could be seen in southern US states.
For him, it was an opportunity to prove his wild guess.
For Durrani, every claim, however
spurious, is credible for decades. One wonders on what grounds he rejected Oct.
3 (for Ramadan), Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2005 claims of Shawwal moon-sighting but
accepted the Phoenix claim?
ISNA Muftis must now explain which
Fiqh principles they used to accept only one witness (the second and the third
in Phoenix cannot be counted as the real witnesses). All Fuqaha specify
Ghalabat-al-Yaqeen rule for ending fasting month. Some might require only two,
but the majority requires a larger number, 50-500 from a town to abandon fasting
after 29th day of Ramadan. How could ISNA FC justify that only one
witness from a whole continent was enough?
Phoenix observer later “corrected”
his written statement: He said the Hilal was visible to him till 5:51 pm (and
not 5:41). It makes his claim more doubtful. If he could see it for nine minutes
then how could his large group, including the Imam, not see it?
Obviously, ISNA Fiqh Council and
its consultants proved again that they are INCOMPETENT for determining the
Ramadan and Eidain dates and not credible. They also bear the responsibility of
all those MUSLIMS who DID NOT FAST ON THE LAST DAY OF RAMADAN as a consequence
of their faulty decision.