How Muslim Organizations
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.
Some Muslims might say: We had already fasted 30 days by
Wednesday, Nov. 2. Why should we fast 31 days? The simple answer: Because
Shawwal Hilal was NOT SEEN on your 30th day. Ibn Abbas (RA) asked
Kuraib to fast 31 days, because the moon was not seen in Medina. Only sighted
moon determines the end of Ramadan (Blugh-ul-Maraam).
ISNA Phoenix Witnesses: Three or One?
ISNA Fiqh Council says that its unanimous decision to
celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Thursday was made after its two out of three
“Consultants” (Salamah and Mohib) authenticated sighting claims of three Muslims
Were There Three witnesses or only one?
ISNA consultants checked only with one witness. He sent a
written statement: he saw an “illusive” moon for a few seconds. He also reported
that another Br. … also saw it. The third witness (the Imam) disowned his
Do ISNA Muftis know how to count?
Salamah’s Dubious Theory about moonsighting - A wild
Salamah’s e-mail a month ago to ISNA FC told them:
“…if there were any sightings he would not reject
ISNA Muftis never asked Salamah: What is the ground for
your such a wild guess? Did he have any confirmed sighting data to support his
It was specially important after all astronomical experts
(RGO London, US Naval Obs. and two of ISNA’s own) were unanimous that the whole
of N. America was outside all visibility curves, and the moon will not be seen
with a telescope?
If Salamah could not back his theory with a solid data then
it was just his imagination. ISNA should have rejected it.
ISNA statement also mentions: “Dr. Durrani expressed his
total surprise at the positional accuracy of the sighting reports from the
Yes. Only one witness described the crescent that extended
from 7:00 to 2:00 on a clock. Only Dr. Durrani could authenticate the
“positional accuracy” of a crescent moon. Last year he authenticated another
upside down 10-12-2 on the clock Ramadan moon. He did not ask the second witness
anything, and the third witness (Imam) recanted his statement.
It shows how incompetent is Dr. Durrani to evaluate a
sighting report. Dr. Salamah talked only to the first witness and did not care
to evaluate his statement.
As long ISNA has consultants like Mohib and Salamah,
Muslims in N. America will continue messing the last day of Ramadan, and
celebrate Eid al-Adha on 8th or 9th day of D. Hijja.
Jim Stamm as Supporting Evidence?
ISNA also listed Jim Stamm’s claim of a telescopic sighting
on Nov. 2, 2005 to make naked-eye Phoenix sightings ’Credible’.
Jim told Mohib and ISNA that naked-eye Phoenix sighting
claims are not credible as it was IMPOSSIBLE. Jim’s own claim is still debated
by astronomical experts, especially after the fact that he was unable to show it
to other four (out of nine) observers with him at the same spot.
Moon Not Seen in S. Africa and South America on Nov.
Observers in South Africa, Caribbean and South America
(where telescopic sighting was possible) were UNABLE TO SEE a moon on Nov. 2. It
creates strong doubts about Jim Stamm’s claim as well because all of North
America was outside telescopic visibility zone whereas S. Africa and South
American countries were inside.
Chicago Hilal Committee added to the chaos created by
Earlier in the evening they had rejecting three
witnesses. The two witnesses appeared before the Ulema committee and affirmed
that they saw a crescent moon fifteen minutes AFTER the sunset for another 5-6
minutes. They accepted the two as “credible”.
In Chicago, the moon had set eight minutes after
the sunset. How could anyone see its crescent 15-20 minutes later when there
was no moon above the horizon to see?
The faulty reasoning of the Chicago Hilal Committee
was that the “witnesses are known persons, and are “Adil”.
Therefore, the Committee should ignore the calculations and go for the Islamic
requirement of “Adil”, Muslim witnesses.
How Islamic is their acceptance of grossly wrong
Chicago Committee’s decision opened the floodgates.
Masaajid and Islamic centers that for years insisted on a credible sighting,
changed to Thursday Eid by mid-night.
ICNA shares the blame
ICNA shares the blame equally for the blunder. It
used to be cautious and often differed from ISNA. ICNA representative in
National Shura Council could vote “No”, along with the Warith Deen group.
However, later ICNA Executive overruled and fell for the “unity”