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Shawwal 2010 crescent moon has been sighted in Florida at several places. Insha-Allah Eid will be on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.


ISNA/ECFR Eid on Thursday, Sept. 9 2010??


ISNA date for Eid al-Fitr 1431 was Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. Now ISNA will ask Muslims in the USA to celebrate Eid on Thursday. This is not the first time ISNA Fiqh Council/ECFR tell the Muslims to follow Saudi dates and disobey the Qur'an and the Sunnah. For years, they have fixed Ramadan and Eidain dates without sighting the moon.

Now ISNA may go a step further like Libya. European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR) criteria is based on New Moon conjunction. They have already declared Eid al-Fitr to be on Thursday, 9 September 2010 (See extract from Leeds Grand Mosque (UK) website below)

"Based on these conditions and the decision passed by the International Fiqh Academy, resolution number 18, during its third assembly in 1986 which stated that there is no importance in the difference in sighting-zones (La ‘ibra fi Ikhtilaf Al-matali’)1 due to the generality of the speech (‘umum Al-Khitab) of the prophet PBUH2: “Fast by seeing it and end the fast by seeing it” the first day of Shawal for the year 1431 Hijri (the first day of blessed Eid Al-fitr) shall be by the will of Allah (the most high) on Thursday 9th September 2010. " (http://www.leedsgrandmosque.com/ramadan/eid-fatwa-1431.pdf)

Since the Ummul Qura date of 29 Ramadan 1431 is Wednesday 8 September 2010, Saudi Justice Ministry has asked the official Hilal Committees to look for the moon on Wednesday, even though the moon sets before the sunset on Makkah horizon and everywhere in the world.

Only Saudi eyes can see a moon that has already before the sunset.


Eid Moon Alert

Sept. 8, 2010

Shawwal Hilal is NOT visible anywhere in the world ( Argentina (Alt. 6.6 degrees), Chile (Alt. 7.7 degrees), Hawaii (3.5 degrees). The moon is below the horizon in most of the populated earth. Its age, lag etc. are too low for human eyes to see its crescent moon.

Sep. 9, 2010

Shawwal Hilal is most likely seen in: Australia,Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nigeria, most of S. America including Brazil,Argentina, Panama and Hawaii.

It will not be seen in Makkah Mukarramah or Cairo. Japan, northern China, central Asia, ME,Turkey and most of Europe including England, USA and Canada are outside the visibility curve though some slight chance exists in Miami, Fl, and southern areas of Texas, Arizona,and California.

Sep. 10, 2010 or later:
Shawwal Moon may be visible in Japan, India Pakistan, Saudi Arabia/ME, Turkey/Northern Europe, England and Ireland, most of USA except northern Canada and Alaska

Please try to sight the Hilal of Shawwal on September 8, 9 and report positive sightings to oa12@cornell.edu or 1-607-277-6706 along with your Name, Age, Home or Cell phone number, and as well a many details like location, time, duration, shape etc. and other witnesses with you.


Saudi Ramadan : Bedouins Saw what Telescopes Could Not

From: Aziz Raje aziz@vitessemailing.com Date: Aug 13, 2010 Subject: Ramadhan 1431 To: Aziz <aziz@Vitessemailing.com>

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته Alhamdolillah, I could join the official Hillal Committee of Makkah once again. We were joined by the representatives from King Abdul Aziz City for Sc. & Tech., Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information and prominent scholars for a joint attempt to sight Ramadan moon on August 10, 2010.

We also had a Meade LX200 Telescope but could not sight the Hilal. All the dignitaries signed a negative sighting report and duly faxed to the Authorities in Riyadh. Later, we found out that none of 9 official Saudi Hilal Committees reported a sighting .However, some Bedouins from Shagrah (near Riyadh) claimed a sighting through the clouds what telescopes could not sight. On this testimony the Holy Month was officially commenced on Wed. 11th August.
Ramadan Moon NOT SEEN on August 10 ANYWHERE in the world
From:<mhafiz11@...> Aug. 10, 2010 To: Afzal <omarafzal1@... >;

Br. Fuad Musa of Chile stated that the Hilaal for Ramadan was NOT SEEN by the Muslim communities Chile or Argentina. Astronomy Dept at the University of Chile also looked for the Hilaal at the observatory using advance telescope. The Hilaal was not observed by naked eye.


Shariah Boards May Force Eid on September 10, 2010

Shariah Boards and some other groups say they strictly follow moon-sighting for Ramadan and Eoidain. They started Ramadan 2010 on August 12. But it was only because Ramadan moon was not sighted in the Caribbean Islands.

These groups (Barelvi and Deobandi alike) have extended USA Matla to South America. It was a gimmick to coincide their dates with ISNA because they were losing money fore two years. Their Eid day collections were drastically reduced because their followers ran to ISNA mosques that celebrate Eid a day early.

Shariah Boards may celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 by Caribbean moon even if it was NOT SEEN in USA and Canada in the evening of Sep. 9, 2010.


Zulfiqar Shah (ISNA): Qur'an does not mandate physical sighting

Dr. Zulfiqar Shah claims that certainty, not actual sighting, is the real objective of the Shari'ah and that the Qur'an does not mandate physical sighting.

Qur’an 2:189 may not mean that "everyone must sight", but definitely it does not mean that "no one needs to sight" as Shah has interpreted. May Allah have mercy on those who differ with the words of Allah swt, and the practice of His Messenger (PBUH).


Why Muftis Stumble?

Shah’s book is a compelling evidence of why Muftis stumble? They rush to give Fatwa (opinion) without proper understanding or careful research of the issues.

Evidently, Shah also does not understand several facts:
The New Moon (at conjunction), and Islamic Hilal (the earliest visible waxing crescent moon after the New Moon phase) are two distinct physical phenomena.
The New Moon could be calculated quite accurately for almost three thousand years. The Jews in Medina during the time of the Prophet (as well as the Babylonians, Hindus, Chinese, etc.) had this expertise. One of the grounds for rejecting the “prophet-hood” of Muhammad (SAW) was that he did not know what even ordinary Rabbis could calculate.
The New Moon could be accurately calculated, but not the Hilal. Many made frantic efforts for the last three thousand years and failed.


Fard Kifayah: Does it mean “It is Not Required”

Br. Khalid Shaukat quotes Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah’s Claim "Sighting" is Fard Kifayah is a FALLACY that ISNA FC is propagating for several years. Dr. Shah/ISNA FC never responded to a basic question:

If a sighted moon is not required for the Islamic observances, then how the Muslims
fix the first date of an Islamic month?

Someone has to "see" it and make this information available to others (to make fasting obligatory for those who did not see it by their own eyes). Being a Fard Kifayah does not mean sighting of a Hilal IS NOT REQUIRED at all. If Hilal-sighting is NOT required then why did Allah prescribe "Ahillah" as the "Mawaqeet"? Why did the Prophet (SAW) require it to begin his months and why did the Ummah practice it for 1400+ years?


New Moon at Conjunction is NOT A HILAL
The new Muftis like Qaradawi, Shakir, Shah, and ISNA Fiqh Council say:
Fix Islamic dates by the New Moon because it can be calculated, accurately.

They are extremely naive or outright deceptive.


Ramadan Hilal Visibility

The waxing crescent moon (Hilal) of Ramadan will take 3-4 days to become visible over the globe. Here are a few places where Ramadan moon's visibility on August 10-12, 2010 are predicted.

August 10, 2010 (Tuesday)
Australia to Karachi No

Makka S. Arabia/ME No
Turkey, All of Europe No

Durban, S. Africa No
Lagos, Nigeria No

Rabat, Morocco No
Brazil (Rio) May be

Argentina (B. Aires) May be
Chile May be

Panama May be
US & Canada No

Hawaii May be

August 11(Wednesday)

Australia, Asia (except Japan, China and Central Asia) Yes
Istanbul, Turkey No

London, UK No
US Southern states Yes

US Northern & Canada No

August 12 (Thursday)

Southern Europe, southern Canada, etc.
Northern regions of Europe and Canada including Alaska may not see Ramadan Hilal before August 13

Please note that by the sighted Hilal, Thursday, August 12, 2010 is the first day of Ramadan in the US as well as Australia, parts of Asia, Africa and southern regions of Europe.

Saudi date is August 11, though the Hilal CANNOT be seen in Makka, Medina or Cairo on August 10. ISNA follows Saudi date. Sighting in the Caribbean is also not possible on August 10.


Islamic Date on May 13, 2010?
Q: I am trying to find out the Islamic date of my baby, born on May 13, 2010 before Maghrib.

A: Take your pick. On May 13 (before Maghrib) was all four Islamic dates:

1. 29th of Jumada-1, 1431 by Saudi/ISNA/Khalid Shaukat calendar ( Conjunction + moonset AFTER sunset in Makkah rule. ISNA Zulfiqar Shah: Sighting of a moon is NOT REQUIRED

2. 28th of Jumada-I, 1431 by actually sighted Hilal in N. America (CFCO/ Hilal-sighting Com.

3. 27th of Jumada-I 1431 by the sighted Hilal in India/Pakistan/S. Africa, S. America, northern Europe, Australia, etc. (Jumada-II Hilal was seen only on May 16.)

4. 26th of Jumada-I 1431by the sighted Hilal in northern and southern parts of the globe.

Unfortunately, the Muslims don't know how to fix the Islamic dates and chaos will continue.