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Special Report – Sunday Eid

Sunday Eid  –  Pragmatist Muslims Discard Sunnah and Qur’an’s Ahillah 

A lot of Muslims in N. America celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, September 19, 2009 despite CFCO warning that Sunday Eid will result in missing the last day of Ramadan fast.

1.       Greenwich Observatory map showed Shawwal  Hilal will not be seen in all of the US and Canada


Global lunar visibility map for 2009 September 19

2.       Astronomical experts: Seeing Shawwal Hilal in N. America was not possible

“Hilaal was very difficult to find and to see (by 8C telescope). Four other observers were not able to focus the image out of the haze… I do not believe that the crescent could have been seen with the unaided eye anywhere in North America.”                   

Observer(s): Jim Stamm                       E-mail Address:

3.       Muslim observers mistake anything for Hilal   

Several Muslim Imams, Ulema and lay observers reported seeing something like a “bright ½ moon” BEFORE, at, or immediately after sunset and mistook it for Shawwal Hilal. They do not realize that a Hilal is NOT SEEN before, at or immediately after the sunset because the lower sky is very bright, and also a moon is not seen 5-6 minutes before the moon-set time.

Imam X (and another person with him) saw a moon by naked eye at moon-set time.

Alim X (and two with him) saw a moon BEFORE and AT sunset.

A couple saw a moon within first five minutes AFTER the sunset for ½ minute.

Two observers in northern California saw a moon exactly sunset for four minutes

“i scanned it with the binoculars and it was clearly the hilal. I then pointed to it and br. AbdulBasit saw it with his naked eyes and I also could still see it without the binoculars for an entire minute before it again hid behind the clouds. We also had a group of kids from the masjid who saw it. The time was 7:24 PM according to my watch but actually my watch turned out to be 2 minutes faster then satelite time so it was 7:22 PM.

Ulema (Buffalo NY) and Imams (La) mistake any bright spot in the sky for Hilal.

4.       Muslim observers confirm “No sighting on Sat. Sep. 19 evening

Hundreds of experienced Muslim observers from all over North America confirmed not seeing any Hilal though they waited from 10 minutes BEFORE the sunset to 30 minutes after the sunset. 

5.       Shari’ah Boards add South America Sighting for US and Canada

Toronto Hilal Committee earlier and Shari’ah Borads of Chicago, New York added declare sighting in Caribbean as valid for US and Canada

6.       Iran Marja’ declares a moon seen by telescope in daylight as valid.

ICOP member Mr. Alireza Mehrani said: "The crescent of Ramadan has been observed on Friday, August 21, 2009, at 10:30 am LT (06:00 UT) by 5 person of Iranian observers under the supervision of Mr. Mohsen Sharifi with the 14" telescope (from 10:30 to 12:00 LT).

7.       ICOP coordinator Br. Odeh

 “Today Saturday 19 September 2009, it was my first trial to observe the crescent from Amman-Jordan using the new CCD technique. I saw it today at 12 noon time. The shape was verified with astronomical software, and the crescent was exactly as we photographed it.

Note: The crescent was not seen by naked eye and it was NOT seen by telescope! It was only seen by CCD imaging after image processing.”

8.       False sighting announcements

Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:03 PM                        Subject:: Moon Sighted :: Eid is Tomorrow ::

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia...

Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Shawwaal was sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia,