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The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by rufaai(m): 11:11pm On Oct 03, 2005
Today 3rd October, 2005 has marked the end of the month of Sha' ban

There for, every Muslim member of Nairaland is expected to fast tomorrow 4th October, 2005

The moon was sighted in the following districts

1. Maiduguri
2. Katsina
3. Sokoto - Mabera
3. Argungu - Sabon garin Kanta & Tudunwada
4. Abuja FCT - Abaji

I would like to use this opportunity to wish all Muslim Nairaland users a Rahamah through the 30days of Purification. "May the Almighty Allah Guide Us" Amen
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by hotangel2(f): 11:15pm On Oct 03, 2005
Wow this is great. I remeber how the hausa girls and boys used to fast, till 6:00pm. I sometimes join in the fast, cos it was soo cool, u wouldnt know when it's over. And you break fast with LOTS of fruits. I used to like ramadan. smiley

May Allah See Y'all Through this Blissful Season. Amin.
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by rufaai(m): 5:17am On Oct 04, 2005
Thank you Hot-Angel...

Ramadan Mubarak, Ramadan Kareem

Every Muslim shall be blessed during the month of forgiveness, Allah accept repentance and forgives. May HE the all mighty accept our repentance and forgive us all. Amin

During this month the Qur'an was revealed & during this month Allah shall reveal his mercy, He the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by cushman(m): 4:58pm On Oct 04, 2005
Ameen
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by Scorpio(f): 10:10pm On Oct 04, 2005
I dunno how to greet u guyz properly, so i'll say Happy Fasting.
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by nike4luv(f): 10:12pm On Oct 04, 2005
did anyone see the eclipse yesterday?
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by goodguy(m): 10:44pm On Oct 04, 2005
Nope. was it in the UK?

Anywayz, this goes to all muslims....happy ramadan! cheesy
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by nike4luv(f): 11:06pm On Oct 04, 2005
yea

happy ramadan rolleyes
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by olaide07(f): 11:14am On Oct 05, 2005
Ramadan Mubarak
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by cushman(m): 2:48pm On Oct 05, 2005
Thanks everyone!
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by Enigma(m): 8:09pm On Oct 05, 2005
Happy Ramadan (I hope that is the appropriate greeting)!
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by queen2(f): 10:54pm On Oct 05, 2005
nike4luv:

did anyone see the eclipse yesterday?
yea, i read it from a newspaper.
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by queen2(f): 10:55pm On Oct 05, 2005
Happy Ramadan!!!
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by jedisquare(m): 9:22pm On Oct 06, 2005
ramadan mubrak . allihamdulilah tht we'v enterd the holy month so lets make used of it so tht allah is gonna 4give and answer our prayer if u want 2 hear more reach me at jedisquare@hotmail.com
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by Shadiat(f): 9:35pm On Oct 06, 2005
*ramadan mubrak *
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by fasone(m): 2:53pm On Oct 07, 2005
RAMADAN MUBARAK

Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by adesodgi(m): 4:19pm On Oct 11, 2005
i think dis wen you guys kill rams,just send ma own thru nairaland...
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by queen2(f): 1:04pm On Oct 15, 2005
adesodgi:

i think this when you guys kill rams,just send ma own through nairaland...

cheesy
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by hotangel2(f): 5:14am On Oct 17, 2005
BARAWO. All u want is food.
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by olabowale(m): 1:06am On Jun 26, 2008
And as the answer to the challenge of the Quraish clans of Makka, to proof the prophet of the noble soul, Muhammad bin Abdall (AS), and the moon was split into two. It was sighted by Makkans and people who Allah had designed them to see it, outside Makka. The people who saw it were near and far, alike. It was not limited to the Arab bloodlines, too.
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by Mustay(m): 10:08am On Jun 27, 2008
This thread should only be used when THE MOON has been sighted please wink

It will help us
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by babs787(m): 7:36pm On Aug 26, 2008
Why Muslims should look for the Moon and not calculations for calendar.

In recent years before Ramadan, Muslims in different states are in confusion on whether they should go by the Moon sighting or by using astronomical calculations. The reasons for this confusion are many, and that is not the purpose of this article, instead the purpose of this article is to see the clear evidences that using astronomical calculations instead of depending on Moon sightings is a major error that would lead to even things that are worst.

First, we need to agree on some principals:

1- The sources of Tashree’ legislation in Islam are the Quran, the Sunnah, and Ijmaa’ consensus. These three principals are agreed upon among all Muslim Scholars.

2- To Say that something is not valid, it has to fulfill three conditions:

a. It is forbidden in the Shariah.
b. The Shariah came with the obligation to do what is opposite.
c. The Shariah didn’t order such a thing when there was the need for it at the time of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy wa Sallam.

3- In matter of disputes and differences of opinions, we have no choice but to return to the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam.

Allah Says: “ O you who believe, obey Allah and obey the Messenger Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam, and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. And if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and suitable for final determination.” (3:59).

Using one’s personal intelligence, opinions or any other thing are not valid when the matter has been decided in the Quran or the Sunnah of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam.

4- The only way Muslims would unite (which is a goal and a hope of every Muslim) is to Follow the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam, the way it was applied by the companions of the The Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam.

As Muslims, we believe that the companions of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam were the best generation ever brought to mankind, and the only way for the later generations to gain the pleasure of Allah is to follow the way of the companions may Allah be pleased with them.

Allah says: “ And the foremost to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun and the Ansar and also those who followed them exactly. Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flows to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” (9:100)

If we agree on these principals (and we should agree), then it is not appropriate down the line to do opposite to what these principals are stating.

Let’s look at the issue of astronomical calculations.

Since the time of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam till now, the way Muslims start and end the month of Ramadan is by sighting the moon. In recent years, some called for using astronomical calculations to determine the beginning of Ramadan, it started by just using the calculations to deny the sighting if it was impossible according to the calculations for the moon to be sighted, but not to be used in determining the beginning or the ending of the month. Then recently, things started to change, and now there is a call to use solely calculations instead of the moon sighting. It is the consensus of the Ulama (scholars) that this is not permissible to use astronomical calculations to determine the beginning or the ending of the Lunar months because of the following reasons:

1. None of the Hadiths related to the matter ordered or recommended to use calculations, although the need for it was there at the time of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam, and the calculation was present at the time.

Some people think that calculation is a scientific phenomenon that was discovered recently, which is a misconception. Calculations were present at the time of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam and He still refused to use it and said:

“ We are illiterate nation; we neither write, nor know accounts. The month is like this and this, i.e. sometimes 29 days and sometimes 30” (Bukhari – Book of Saum 1799).

Some say that when the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam said “ When you see the crescent start fasting, and when you see the crescent (of Shawaal), stop fasting; and if the sky is overcast (and you can’t see it) then Faqdoro lah regard the crescent (month) of Ramdan (as of 30 days)” (Bukhary and others), that the word “Faqdoro lah” (regard the crescent) means you can use calculations. This is false since the Prophet himself explained the meaning of this word by stating to let the month be 30 days. And Allah Says in the Quran:[/b]

“O you who believe. Make not a decision in advance before Allah and His Messenger and fear Allah. Verily Allah is All-Hearing, All-knowing” (49:1).

2. It is clear that the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam forbade his Ummah from depending on calculations to determine the beginning of the month. This is clear in the Hadith mentioned earlier

[b]“ We are illiterate nation; we neither write, nor know accounts. The month is like this and this, i.e. sometimes 29 days and sometimes 30” (Bukhari – Book of Saum 1799).


The Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam said in the Hadith clearly “la Nahsib” means that we don’t count (in matter related to lunar months) because the Ummah of the Prophet know how to count and some know how to write, so it is not stating a fact but rather directing the Ummah and forbidding them to use calculations for determining the beginning and the ending of the months. And it means that we are an illiterate Ummah with regarding to matter of the religion, the religion is very easy and does not need scientific discoveries and calculations for matters of worship. The illiterate mentioned in the Hadith does not mean that we as Muslims should be illiterate! Off course not, and it doesn’t mean that it is a fact that we are an illiterate Ummah because the facts denies this, but rather it means that we as Muslims should not use scientific means to determine the month since the Hadith is dealing with this subject.

Ibn Hajar May Allah have Mercy on him said in explanation of this Hadith: “The Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam made the ruling of fasting depends on the eyesight to make easy for his people since calculation might be difficult for them and the ruling stayed the same even if people after them they knew calculations good, since the context means to forbade calculations all together, and the other Hadith “Faqdoro lah”(regard for the crescent) that he said to make it 30 days and didn’t order the people to use calculations, because that would diminish the differences and disputes among the people”. It shows clearly in his words that it is not permissible to take calculations and leave what the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam ordered, otherwise it brings disputes among the Muslims.

3. The Sahriah clearly ordered the opposite of calculations.

The Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam Said: If you see it (The moon) then fast, and if you don’t see it then do not fast” and this is a clear order to do the opposite to what some are calling to use calculations. And if calculation was a mean of determination, the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam would have ordered or recommended it, since He didn’t leave his Ummah unless he showed them all that is good for them and also what is evil for them. The matter is not something new, but rather it is something that was present at the time of the Prophet and he still ordered to look for the moon and to avoid calculations.

4. The Hadith that states that we are an illiterate Ummah is in the context of being proud that matters of our worship and things in the religion we do not need scientific discoveries to perfect our worship but rather it is such an easy way of life that even the simple man that doesn’t know much can still follow the religion in the most perfect way.

5.We as Muslims should have our unique ways because it is forbidden for us to imitate the non Muslims. And you can see that, in the life of the Prophet and also in the Hadith above.

6. Looking for the moon is part of our religion, it is only the witness of one person that is trustworthy that makes the Muslims starts their month of Fasting. Notice how Allah has made it easy, while in other matters like Zina (fornication) Allah made it very difficult for the witnessing to be taken legally, it has to be by 4 people seeing the exact act itself, which in most cases makes it impossible. Allah is the Most Wise, so we need to see the wisdom of Allah in all of matters of the religion.

7. The Sayings of the Ulamaa of this Ummah with regarding to the calculations:

a. It is been reported the Ijmaa’ Consensus among the scholars of the early generations of Islam that determining the beginning of the month using the astronomical calculations is not permissible, this Ijmaa’ was reported by Ibn Taymiah, Ibn Almunthir

8. The calculations only determine without certainty, the time when the new moon is born and not when to be seen. There is big difference between the two. The Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam ordered us to see the moon, and seeing is something different that the moon to be born. The moon can be already born but cannot be seen. So according to calculations, people will start the fast when according to the order of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam it is not time yet, because it cannot be seen. Who do we follow: The Messenger of Allah, the one that doesn’t speak from his desire but from revelation, or calculations that are not certain?

9.If people complain that it is always the uncertainty before Ramadan and before Eid, and people have to plan ahead for vacations and preserving places for the Eid prayer, so it makes it much easier to pre-determine the beginning and the ending of Ramadan. This is all irrelevant, because we as Muslims need to be slaves of Allah the All-Mighty and make our lives subjected to the laws of Allah and not the opposite.

10.Some people say that when we relied on moon sightings, mistakes happened and people ended up fasting 28 days sometimes and things of that nature, and to respond to that we are not better than the companions May Allah be pleased with them, it happened at their time and there is nothing wrong with that, plus the mistakes with calculations are far more. And the matter is not when exactly the month starts, the matter is obeying the Prophet Salla Allahu Alihy Wa Sallam and see the moon to start the month or completed 30 days.

Allah says” And if you differ in anything amongst yourselves refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and suitable for final determination.” (3:59).
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by Nobody: 12:43pm On Aug 29, 2008
Salam.
I am glad a thread like this exists, it would be of help in clatifying issues during Ramadan. smiley
@babs,thanks for the teachings.
Please check your mailbox,I sent a message.
I wish all the muslims a fulfilling Ramadan ahead. smiley smiley smiley
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by babs787(m): 8:31pm On Aug 29, 2008
Salam

@Fellis

Check your mail box for my response but can still mail me for any grey area you dont understand.

Though I may be not be online like I used to as a result of fasting, reading the Quran, attending lectures, Iftar etc but would try to once in a while because the reward therein is once in every Islamic year and I cant afford to miss the great chance
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by 702: 5:44pm On Aug 30, 2008
كل الوضوح وينبغي ان تناقش هنا!
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by Abuzola(m): 11:41pm On Aug 30, 2008
Salamu alaikum, The moon had been sighted in YOLA, muslims in Nigerian are enjoined to fast. masalam
Re: The Moon Has Been Sighted Today by Virgo83(m): 4:53am On Aug 31, 2008
The Moon as been Sited and Its ordained that we started Fasting immediately we heard the siting of the Moon.

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