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Saudi Moon-sighting Conference May 2011

Saudi religious authorities and Umm al-Qura calendar-makers are jointly organizing another “International Conference “on May 22-24, 2011. The workshop will take place in the Imam university Riadh.

Sunday, May 22 Two sessions
(8:30-12) and (4-5:30)
Three speakers:
Dr. Zaki al Mostafa (KACST):                          Enterance to study Astronomy
Dr. Abdollah al Khamees: (Imam Uni.):        Astronomical calculations in Shareah.
Dr. Abdorrahman Maghrabi (KACST)            Astronomical calculations.

Monday May 23
(8:30-12) Two speakers:
Dr.Saad al Khathlan (Imam Uni): Islamic scholars and studying there ideas
Dr. Abdorrahman alMozainy (Imam Uni.)Responsibility of the Judge in Hilal sighting

Tuesday, May 24
(8:30-12)
One speaker
Sh. Mohammad al Babotain (Min. of Justice) Astronomical observatories and relation with Hilal sighting)
Meeting with Sh. Abdorrahman al Kolayyeh, (President of Saudi Supreme Court)

May 26-30: Visit Medinah - Eng. Abdullah Alakel will arrange this trip.
Wed. June 1 Go with Ministry of Justice committee to Sadeer for helal sighting (2 hours north of Riyadh).
Thu. June 2 Go with Min. of Justice committee to Shagree for helal sighting (2 hours N-West of Riyadh).

The Conference will not tackle the question of Saudi Islamic dates or verification of its observation claims

The Conference should have focused on:

1. Why KACST calculates the first date of UQ Islamic calendar by the rule:
The moon sets after the sunset on the New Moon date?

2. Why the Supreme Judiciary Council consistently admits the sighting claims in Saudi Arabia when the
Hilal is NOT SEEN anywhere else in the world the same evening?

It should seriously consider the following proposal?

Islamic month begins next day from 180E if there is a possibility of Hilal Sighting anywhere in the world on the New Moon date?

An agreed upon rule, stated clearly will unify the Global Islamic calendar Insha-Allah.