Ramadan is about to sneak up on us. Well, with all the moon sighting fuss, it can hardly sneak up. 😉 I came across this fatwa, by a Salafi sheikh from Saudi Arabia, who says the following:
This is impossible from an astronomical point of view, because the sighting of the new moon, as Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said, differs, according to the scientists who are well-versed in this field. Because it differs, then each country should have its own ruling, according to the reports and according to science.
The evidence from reports is the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month” [al-Baqarah 2:185]
If it so happens that people in a remote region of the world do not see the new moon whereas the people of Makkah do see it, then how can the words of this verse apply to those who have not seen the new moon? The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fast when you see it and stop fasting when you see it.” (Agreed upon). So if the people of Makkah, for example, see it, then how can we expect the people of Pakistan and countries further east to start fasting, when we know that that the new moon has not yet appeared in their region, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) connected the start of fasting to the sighting of the moon?
I’m glad that was on Islamqa. 🙂 The rest of the fatwa can be found here.
Its amazing that people cry out for unity for this one crucial thing, when they back bite, slander, and steal from their fellow Muslims the rest of the year. I’m not insulting anybody, nor am I stating that all are like that, however there is a great majority. Lets start by uniting ourselves on the little things, then we will be able to comprehend that this is not really a disunity. It something that has always occured in history, and it was something that those far more knowledgable than us, without the need of science, understood.
With that said: