International Hijri Calendar Union Congress (Istanbul) 2016

2nd June 2016

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

How to create a Farce?

1970s (Saudi Arabia):

In the 1970’s Saudi Officials decided to create a Calendar called “Ummul-Qura”, they were at pains to point out that this is for civil purposes and not for religious acts of worship. Shaykh Syed Abul-Hasan Ali Nadwi (RA) one of the prominent Ulama of that time saw the repercussions of this upon the Islamic world and articulated his opposition.

Today, the entire world is affected by Saudi Arabia who habitually and regularly try to sight the moon on the 29th Sha’baan (according to Ummul-Qura), fast in Muharram according to Ummul-Qura Calendar.

2016 (Istanbul):

We just witnessed the end of another conference with a similar aim of creating a Calendar but this time it’s even worse:

  1. They were no pretensions that this is for civil use, it is meant to be for religious duties.
  2. They want to create it for global use and not just Turkey

This time the place was Istanbul and conference was conducted between 28-30 May 2016. From the outset it became abundantly clear that a global unified calendar cannot be based on Moonsighting. Its common-sense that the world has multiple time zones and the Moonsighting for various parts of the world will be difference.

Moonsighting was dropped to be an inconvenience!

A resolution was adopted to propose the creation of a global Calendar based on Astronomical calculations. These Astronomical calculations are not based on the ability to sight the moon (they cannot be)! Details of what criteria was adopted will become clear in coming days…

Opposition from Ulama:

Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA):

The first to lead the charge against this foolishness was Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA) and his views are expressed in the Arab Media.

Shaykh Sa’ad Bin Turkey Al-Khathlaan (HA):

Headed the delegation from Saudi Arabia and agreed with Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA) in opposition to his plans.

Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani (HA):

One of the favourites of some experts is CCD imaging. This isn’t the real moon and no Observatory reports CCD images as the pictures of the moon. Every year we have CCD images circulated on the Internet to confuse laymen into thinking that the moon was sighted at a location.

Mufti Taqi Usmani (HA) clearly articulated his reservations about CCD.

Jamiatul Ulama (South Africa):

Voted “No, Thank You!”

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim (South Africa):

Gave a talk on the history and tradition of Moonsighting in South Africa (particularly Cape Town) and why it cannot be overlooked.

Shaykh Suliman Gani (Britain):

Muadh Khan: Asslamo Allaikum Maulana

SG: W-Salam

MK: What were the details of your trip?

SG: It was a last minute decision. I went there with my family. It was not a sponsored trip but I thought it would be good to attend. I had to book and stay in the same hotel as the conference to make sure that I could attend. I paid for the expenses myself.

MK: What is your opinion about Jamiatul-Ulama statement and about Moonsighting?

SG: I fully support the statement of South African Ulama. I also support Moonsighting as the basis of establishing Islamic Months. Even the criteria which was agreed at the conference is subject to discussion because it doesn’t take naked eye sighting into consideration at all.

MK: How did you vote?

SG: I had to leave a day earlier to an appointment so I didn’t get to vote. I would have voted “No” if I had the opportunity.

So there you have it folks…A first class farce “Made in Istanbul” and no doubt you have people backing this attempt to rationalise a global Islamic Calendar. You know what they say:

  1. First, create a problem
  2. Second, attempt to solve the problem

If you were not around in 1970s, this is your chance to witness a problem being created which your grandchildren will have to deal with!

posted by Muadh_Khan on 2nd June 2016 - 5 comments


AishaZaynap wrote on 3 Jun 2016
As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Im shocked. Inshaallah this never happens. Allah akil fikir versin amin(turkish saying meaning, may Allah give them intelligence and thought ameen) btw doesnt Turkey have their own moonsighting or they follow Saudi arabia instead?
Blogger's Reply:
W-Salam, Yes Turkey have their own system which is not based on sighting the moon (which is the Sunnah) and they wish to impose it on the rest of the world. Saudi Arabia have sighting but they randomly accept anyone's claims so they are both wrong!
AishaZaynap wrote on 3 Jun 2016
As salamu alaikum

Very interesting. Is it hard to moonsight? Why doesnt Turkey follow the traditional method other than astronomical method? Turkey should have been connected to ummah. This is one of the examples.
Farhad Tamton wrote on 6 Jun 2016
My opinion is we can celebrate Idd on same day through out the world.If we complete 30 days no need of seeing the moon.so sighting the moon is not the criteria.now we have data of moon phases in advance for coming 1000years or more.why is the verse in Quran 55:5(sun and moon follow exact calculation)
Blogger's Reply:
Sayyidina Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) and the 1400+ years of actions of Muslims disagree with your opinion.
ahamed sharif wrote on 13 Jun 2016
0.1% minority group which follows this calendar claims that that rest 99.9% is not from Ummah. When the hadith of "majority in ummah will not be on dhalalah".
olajuwon wrote on 4 Jul 2016
so if u happen to live in turkey do you celebrate eid fitri with the people of turkey or?
Blogger's Reply:
Yes the people of Turkey need to follow the country.
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