Chairman of a United Jamiat ul Ulama endorses Moroccan Moon Sighting for Britain

Mufti Abdul Baqi Saheb (Wimbledon Masjid, 1977)

THE SOLUTION TO THE DISPUTED PROBLEM OF THE MOON SIGHTING IN U.K

QUESTION. The Muslims of U.K have been divided into 3 groups on the issue of MOON SIGHTING.

  1. The 1st group says that we should celebrate EID and RAMADAN according to the 1st information received about the sighting of the MOON anywhere in the World.
  2. The 2nd group firmly asserts that we should follow SAUDI ARABIA in the matter of MOON SIGHTING, because the centre of Islam, “MECCA” is situated there.
  3. The 3rd group says that we should follow the nearest ISLAMIC COUNTRIES in all matters relating to the MOON SIGHTING.

We need a “FATWA” as to which of the three groups is giving the right suggestion according to SUNNAH-a-RASOOL ALLAH (S.A.W.A), so that this disputed matter may be settled once for all and the Muslims of U.K. can be saved from a lot of trouble, heated discussions and unnecessary anxiety.

ANSWER:

It is quite clear from HADITH that Muslims should observe RAMADAN and CELEBRATE EIDS with the sight of the NEW MOON.

If the sky is cloudy and the MOON cannot be sighted, then it is necessary that we should observe fasto for 30 days and then celebrate EID. It is such a clear and simple solution of the whole problem according to ISLAMIC THEOLOGY or SHARIAT. Unfortunately this matter has been made complicated by some people in MECCA belonging to “ORGANISATION OF THE WORLD ISLAMIC AFFAIRS”, who suggested that we should fix the same day of EID and RAMDAN according to the Islamic Calender for the whole of the WORLD. This suggestion put forward by such modern thinkers has created a lot of trouble and confusion in different countries and has provided the miscreants with the grounds for playing around with the dates of RAMADAN and EID every year. This suggestion was actually turned down by the various officials of the World Islamic Affairs in MECCA namely Sec. General Sh. Kazaz, Sh. Ib-ne Humeed (KAZI) and in fact Sh. Kazaz had to submit his resignation on the issue of this very matter.

Sheikh Ib-ne-Humeed, a famous Saudi Judge, published a pamphlet on this issue and proved that it is impossible to have EID and RAMADAN at the same time and on the same day in the entire World. Allah has created this World in such a way that the timings of MOON and SUN rise and MOON and SUN set are different in each country. Allah has clearly directed PROPHET MUHAMMAD (S.A.W.S) to tell the believers that THEY SHOULD WORSHIP ALLAH AND NOT MECCA, as stated in the HOLY QURAN. Therefore, it is quite clear that the sayings of the 1st two groups are quite contradictory to SUNNAH-a-RASOOL, ALLAH AND ISLAMIC SHARIAT.

The Muslims of the entire World have turned down the idea of having RAMADAN and EID exactly on the same days. The various countries e.g. India, Pakistan, Bangla Desh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria etc; do not act upon this suggestion. They do not decide EID and RAMADAN dates according to SAUDI ARABIA, but instead they make their own decisions based on the prevailing climatic conditions of that country according to SUNAH-a-RASOOL, ALLAH. Even Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia etc. Being so near to SAUDI ARABIA, do not follow EID and RAMADAN dates of the Arab countries.

Some SAUDI Govt. Officials like to see that Islamic Calender prepared by them exactly coincides with the sight of MOON at each occasion to satisfy the innocent people of that country and for this reason, they give great monetary rewards to those people who bring the news of the MOON SIGHTING even though it may be entirely false and an utter lie.

THIS IS THE ONLY REASON AS TO WHY THE SIGHTING OF THE MOON IS ANOUNCED FIRST OF ALL ALWAYS IN SAUDI ARABIA AMONGST ALL THE ISLAMIC AND NON-ISLAMIC COUNTIRES OF THE WORLD.
It is surprising to know that the TARAWEE NAMAZ is observed in SAUDI ARABIA for the 1st of RAMADAN even though according to the Royal British Observatory the very birth of the MOON has not been confirmed.

It is absolutely clear from all these observations that the 3rd group is taking the right decision in such matters according to SUNAH-a-RASOOL ALLAH (S.A.W.S) and ISLAMIC SHARIAT.

The nearest islamic countries to the united kingdom are morocco, algeria, tunis and some parts of africa and some of these happen to be at the same latitude as g.britain. so it is absolutely right to follow these countries for eids and ramadan.

Therefore, “the Association of Muslim scholars in Britain” and their “ruwait-a-halal committee” requests and make a most humble appeal in the name of allah to all the muslims of UK to follow the dates if eid and ramadan according to the nearest islamic countries accoring to sunnah-a-rassol (s.a.w.s) and safeguard their worship and their fasts. It is the unanimous decision of jamiat-a-ullama britain that any one, who will act differently in such matters using and kind of modern ideology, will be doing a very wrong thing in the eyes of allah and will be spoiling not only his own religion, but also that of his fellow- brothers. He must not forget that he will be answerable to allah for such wrong and wilful modifications in this religioN.

MAY ALLAH GUIDE US ALL ON THE RIGHT PATH.
(Mufti Abdul Baqui)

Chairman of JAMITA-a-ULLEMA,
Dated:- 3rd September, 1977 Mufti of the UNITED KINGDOM,
Northern Ireland and Western
Europe, Imam of Wimbledon
M.A.BAQUI Masjid.
MUFTI ABDUL BAQUI
DARUL IFTA
DATE:
12 MELROSE AVENUE
WIMBLEDON PARK MASJID
LONDON S.W.19
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