Assalamu alaikum, per the announcement of a moon sighting? in Saudi, for some the Eid/the firstof Shawwal was 08/30/2011, however, for those who follow a local sighting, the Eid/first day of Shawwal was/is 08/31/2011.
There was a sighting in Chile, however, many rejected that sighting and while the <a href=”http://www.moonsighting.com/1432shw.html”>Shawwal</a> page on moonsighting.com mentions the sighting, on the part of the page where it says “earliest sighting”, etc., it doesn’t mention this sighting.
The thing is, I really don’t have time to fight about this issue, nor to scour the Net looking for the “correct” sighting, at least in time to either continue fasting or to celebrate the Eid. Nor am I able to go out and sight the moon, and evenif I could, if I decided to do my own thing or to try to discuss this issue with others, in my experience I either come across as though I’m purposefully causing fitna, or I’m treated that way, so I’ve just given up fighting about the issue.
And anyway, even if my local community may be “wrong”, for me anyway, when the community either starts Ramadan or celebrates the Eid, it just feels like Ramadan/Eid to me. So I’ve just decided to celebrate with the community, because when you’re sitting in the hospital with a child having medical issues, you don’t always have time to go trolling around the Net looking for the “correct” day of Eid. Which further makes me feel that a layperson like me shouldn’t really be held responsible for these sorts of things. I’m also wondering where exactly you should draw the line between using scientific/astronomical data and when one should not. But this is something that I’ll have to write about on another day when I feel up to it.
And anyway, I was not able to fast this year anyway, so fighting about this issue for this year anyway, would just seem like I’m purposefully trying to pick a fight or debate, and I don’t want to do that.
So Eid Mubarak to everyone, no matter when you are celebrating it. Inshallah, we can all come to some sort of agreement on this issue, although I’m not sure when or if that will happen.