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A number of facts should be mentioned concerning that which arose in relation to the call to rely on astronomical calculations in establishing the start of Ramadan and other months, instead of the moon sighting which has been the established practice of the Ummah over the centuries: The physical moon sighting as required by Shari`ah is the basic method of establishing the birth of the crescent moon, due to the Prophet’s saying (saws) in the hadith which was related from him by nine of the Sahabah, “When you see the crescent moon, fast, and when you see it, break your fast, and if it is obscured from your vision, complete the month to thirty days.” [Related by Al-Bukhari, Muslim and others] This is also based on the hadith of Abd-Allah ibn Umar (raa) that Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “The month is twenty-nine nights, so do not fast until you see it,...
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  • Miftah Lawal
    Miftah Lawal says #
    End of Ramadhan by Astronomica...
    As salaamu alaykum, How does this statement sound in eyes of the Sharia'h: "The new moon of the month of Shawal will be born on
  • Ikram Shaikh
    Ikram Shaikh says #
    Ramadan 2014 Start
    Assalam O Alaikum, I received an email from somebody which states that AMJA announced start of Ramadan for Sat June 28 and not Su
  The Fasting On The Day Of ‘Ashuraa. All praise be to Allah, and may his peace and blessings be on the last and best prophet and messenger, Muhammad and his purified household and honorable companions. The following message on one of the e-mail groups was circulated: “We are taught that we should fast on the day of Aashooraa because the Prophet SAWA saw the Jews do so; we are also taught that we should not visit the graves of Prophets because the Jews did so; which one should we do, fast because the Jews did or not visit Prophets graves because the Jews did? Not all Muslims agree with fasting the day of Aashooraa, the fatwas below come [from] Salafi Muslims only and many Muslims consider the “Sanad” for these narrations to be weak. May Allah show us all the right path.” This is certainly not only a false claim,...
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With the days of Eid-ul-fitr approaching, the usual commotion around the beginning of the Eid and the end of Ramadan is apparent. The same disagreement about the Shawal moon sighting and declaring the end of Ramadan is prevalent across the Muslim communities in North America. AMJA would like first to extend its warm congratulation for Eid-ul-fitr to the Muslim Ummah, all over the world and especially in the US and Canada. AMJA also strongly emphasizes the importance of unity amongst ourselves, and encourages the Muslims to rise above their disagreements. To be united is always better than to be divided, if our unity is based on our obedience to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). AMJA would like to draw all of our attentions towards the basic fact of the matter, which is that the issue of moon sighting as a whole is among the debatable issues from a jurisprudential (Fiqh) point of...
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