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#16 [Permalink] Posted on 16th May 2018 15:56
If magrib is at 21:09 in my locality roughly when should we go out to try and view the moon?
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#17 [Permalink] Posted on 16th May 2018 17:42
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Sighting of the Ramadan crescent can be achieved using three methods: Through telescopes, using astronomy, and some regions are content with viewing the crescent with the naked eye.

“Proving the beginning of Ramadan is not limited to crescent sighting,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al-Manea, member of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia. “There are other ways and means to determine the first day of the month, including astronomy. Astronomy is, in fact, more accurate and more convincing than moon sighting, which is only hypothetical while astronomy is conclusive and definitive.”

He said that the findings of Muslims who specialize in astronomy must therefore be taken into account because it is a proven means for confirming the crescent. The testimony of a moon sighter — who ought to be known for his justice — should not be accepted if it contradicts the astronomers’ opinion.

The crescent-screening method takes place during the emergence of the crescent moon. Once it has completed a full cycle around the Earth and started a new one, the crescent is evident before the month’s first sunset. When the sun disappears below the horizon, the crescent moon remains perched in the sky where the sun went down. It has to remain visible in the sky for at least 30 minutes after sunset.

The crescent moon cannot be seen with the naked eye when 15 hours have passed since the beginning of the cycle, and can only be seen through a telescope 12 hours after a new cycle begins.

To see the crescent moon clearly, it should be viewed from a high vantage point, far from heavily populated and built-up areas such as cities, and from natural and man-made obstructions that could obscure the sighting, such as mountains, hills and skyscrapers, and clear of atmospheric factors such as humidity and dust.

Scholars and experienced astronomers are the only ones who can determine whether or not the crescent moon has arrived to dictate the beginning of the holy month. If they fail to witness the crescent moon on the 29th of the month, Ramadan will not start until the 30th day.

“Astronomical calculations indicate that the month of Shaaban is a 30-day full month, which means that Thursday, May 17 will be the first day of Ramadan,” said Khalid Saleh Al-Zaaq, member of the Arab Union for Astronomy And Space Sciences.

He added that Ramadan this year will be a 29-day month, with June 15th therefore marking the first day of Eid. The dates have yet to be officially confirmed.

www.arabnews.com/node/1302826/saudi-arabia
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#18 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2018 10:04

Indian debacle

Deobandi Ulama in Mumbai and Malegaon rejected Indian sightings and Fatwa of Deoband claiming that the horizons of Karnatka and Bhatkal belong to Khaleej instead of India

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I thought that I had every absurdity about "Moonsighting" but Indian Ulama this year (2018) have just won the Olympic Gold Medal on the most absurd Moonsighting Fatwa.

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#19 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2018 10:35
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I don't know why a simple moon sighting event has been complicated. We Muslims can't even unite on simple things. Allahu alam
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#20 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2018 10:45

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Good question for Indian Ulama as to why they think that Karnatka and Bhatkal belong to Khaleej and not India?

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#21 [Permalink] Posted on 18th May 2018 11:39
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Not just Karnataka, even if kerala Muslims sight the moon, the neighboring states do not consider it. I don't know what is happening.
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#22 [Permalink] Posted on 19th May 2018 09:21

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All of India, Pakistam, Bangladesh & Nepal is the samein terms of Moonsighting and as agreed by Ulama

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#23 [Permalink] Posted on 19th May 2018 09:38
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But why are ulema not agreeing when Muslims of certain states sight the moon. I don't understand the logic. Allahu alam
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#24 [Permalink] Posted on 19th May 2018 10:17
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#25 [Permalink] Posted on 20th May 2018 00:55
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Mumbai rejected the moonsighting, and the majority in Mumbai support the Shura, so, no, it does not seem to be a fallout of Deoband's fatwa.
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