Final Update Regarding Moon Sighting for Dhul Hijjah from CrescentWatch

Announcements

Dhu al-Hijjah moon sighted Sun. evening (Eid al-Adha on Nov. 17)

Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted on Sunday evening (Nov. 7) at numerous locations around the world. From Australia to the U.S., these abundant sightings across the globe affirm expected visibility forecasts for this month.
We will observe the blessed day of Eid al-Adha (the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah*) on Wednesday, November 17, insha’Allah.

*The first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah are considered to be among the holiest days of the entire year. For further information about the devotional practices associated with this month, please click here. May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.
Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch’s moon-sighting policy.

Last Updated: Nov 8, 2010 03:57 PST
Posted: Nov 8, 2010 03:30 PST

My local masjid is (seemingly) following the Sauid Decision and having the Eid on 11/16/2010 see http://www.icopc.org. *sigh* for the discrepancy and not for any decisions made.

One thing I’ve always been curious about is that for people who normally would seem so strenuous (Mashallah) on following the Qur’an and Sunnah, and would speak of “blind following” any time following a madhhab scrupulously is mentioned/asked about, why is it in the case of moon sighting, is there an insistance on following one place, and one place only, for determining the beginning and end of our Sacred Months? Is this the Sunnah to do this? Is there a valid fiqhi position for following, say, Saudi Arabia, for determining our local calendars? Is there a fiqhi basis for making our local dates coincide, say, with the Hajj in Makkah? At least this has been my experience anyway. If you talk about following a madhhab then that’s being rigid or blindly following someone, but for moon sighting, it seems, that if you talk about sighting the moon locally, then that’s being against “the unity of the Muslims” or something. And especially so if the local sighting differs from the determination of the Hajj. And my question is why the difference? If we should be following the Sunnah, say, in how we dress, eat, walk, pray, etc., shouldn’t it also be the same for moon sighting as well?

Just some thoughts.

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About Ginny

A blind Muslim woman currently living in Florida, just trying to make sense of the world around me! !
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