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Visibility Issues - Why is the Moon Not Visible?

A crescent moon’s first sighting depends on several interrelated factors. (For details see “Earliest Visibility Criteria” section.  Click above to read the rest.

Why ISNA Stumbles - Why ISNA Stumbles – Again and Again?

ISNA Fiqh Committee pretends to know Fiqh and astronomy of moon-sighting and yet repeats the same mistake in deciding about Ramadan and Eidain dates again and again. It creates confusion and as a result bungles the Islamic dates: Ramadan on the last date of Sh’aban, Eid al-Fitr on the last date of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha on 9th day of D. Hijja, etc. Many Muslims fall into ISNA trap believing it to be the ‘national’ organization. Click above to read the rest.

ISNA Experts Blunder - Why ISNA Astronomical Experts Blunder?

The Moon’s earliest visibility is no longer a scientific inquiry, and there is no scientific ‘test’ to prove or disprove a sighting claim. So how to determine the first date of an Islamic month? Since ancient times, astronomers have tried to predict the likelihood of seeing the waxing moon by defining minimum visibility criteria. Monzur’s MoonCalc currently supports 13 such criteria. Click above to read the rest.

Confusing Hilal - Why is Hilal Confusing?
The New Moon is a modern astronomical term. It refers to the completely invisible moon at the start of a synodic cycle (29 days 12 hours, 42 minutes and 2.8 seconds). Often Muslim and non-Muslim experts alike confuse astronomical “New Moon” (completely invisible at conjunction) for “Hilal”. Click above to read the rest.

Stumbled - How Muslim Organizations Stumble?

By celebrating Eid on Thursday, Nov.3, 2005 most Muslims did miss the last day of Ramadan. Shawwal moon WAS NOT and COULD NOT BE SEEN in N. America or anywhere in the world on Wednesday, November 2. All astronomical experts were unanimous on this point. Click above to read the rest.

31 Days - Shawwal has 31 days?

ISNA, ICNA and other Muftis and Imams who succumbed to the public pressure should realize that Fiqh position of “a large number of witnesses from a large city”. Click above to read the rest.

Moon At Mid-Day - Qaradawi Saw Ramadan Moon at Mid-Day

Yusuf Al-Qaradawi said Muslims can sight the new moon in the afternoon on Monday, October 3, when the sun reaches its zenith. "If the moon is sighted after noon, Muslim scholars agree that the following day marks the beginning of the new month (Ramadan).” Click above to read the rest.

Witnesses - Why Do We Need A Large Number of Witnesses From A Town?

Please keep in mind that the number of witnesses (one, two or more) were for each town or city, as the means of communications were not available to find out what was going on a few miles away. Click above to read the rest.

ISNA Failed Muslims - ISNA Consultants Failed Muslims

ISNA consultants ratified a “naked-eye sighting” claim by a lone witness from Phoenix, AZ against unanimous opinion of the astronomers. ISNA Muftis instantly approved this claim as “credible” against overwhelming odds and declared Eid on the last day of Ramadan. What happened to the scientific rule of “repeatability” before accepting a claim? Click above to read the rest.

Which Eid? - Eid Eid al-Adha or Eid al-Hajj?

ISNA Fiqh Council indicated that there is no sound basis for distinction between the determination of Ramadan and Eidul Adha, either by unity of Matla’ or difference of Matla’. However, some groups have been enforcing a “BID’AH” on the Muslims in N. America, and elsewhere. The fact is that there is no “Daleel” in the Qur’an or the Sunnah. Click above to read the rest.