Does Wifaqul Ulama rely on calculations and advice of Non-Muslims for Sharia matters?

(Qari) Muhammad Shoyaib Nurgat

Ques­tion: Please explain as to why does Wifaqul Ula­ma rely on cal­cu­la­tions and advice of Non-Mus­lims for Sharia mat­ters such as Moon Sight­ing?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh

We would like to begin by extend­ing our grat­i­tude to you for ask­ing this ques­tion. May Allah (SWT) give you the best of rewards (Ameen).

In a nut­shell and in the most direct man­ner, Wifaqul Ula­ma DOES NOT rely on the advice of Non-Mus­lims in any Sharia mat­ters includ­ing Moon Sight­ing.

We have stat­ed that an alter­na­tive route to your query can be tak­en so here is the alter­na­tive posi­tion briefly dis­cussed. We don’t believe that there is any­thing sub­stan­tial­ly wrong with tak­ing the expert views of Non-Mus­lims in mat­ter relat­ed to Shari­ah. In fact, there are many exam­ples where Mus­lims use the opin­ion of Non-Mus­lims in (strict­ly) Sharia mat­ter, for exam­ple when comes to cal­cu­lat­ing Salah times a large num­ber of Mus­lims (Ula­ma includ­ed) rely on Roy­al Green­wich Obser­va­to­ry. Once the Salah tim­ings have been obtained, Qiblah direc­tion is also often obtained from using appli­ca­tions and tech­nolo­gies devel­oped by Non-Mus­lims.

When it comes to our week­ly shop­ping, we read ingre­di­ents and trust the list­ing and the labels such as “Suit­able for Veg­e­tar­i­ans”.

We trust Roy­al Green­wich Obser­va­to­ry, we trust com­pass, Google Maps and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem in our car and we trust our local gro­cery store and prod­ucts on sale there.

After hav­ing briefly elab­o­rat­ed on the legal sta­tus of accept­ing advice from Non-Mus­lims we would like to now detail a list of Mus­lims (schol­ars and experts alike) whom Wifaqul Ula­ma con­sults on a reg­u­lar basis. There are cur­rent­ly no Non-Mus­lim experts which are con­sult­ed by Wifaqul Ula­ma.

Maulana Yaqoob Qasmi

It is false to assume that the exper­tise of Astro­nom­i­cal sci­ences is restrict­ed to Non-Mus­lims or even “experts”! The fore­run­ner to Wifaqul Ula­ma is the effort, work and ded­i­ca­tion of Ula­ma who are Giants of Knowl­edge in their own right. Fore­most, amongst them is Maulana Yaqoob Qas­mi who is one of the only grad­u­ates in the field of Astro­nom­i­cal Sci­ences from Darul-uloom Deoband.

Here is Maulana Yaqoob Qas­mi (him­self) explain­ing his stance clear­ly and cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly:

Maulana Sameeruddin Qasmi

For over 25–30 years Maulana Sameerud­din Qas­mi has pro­duced sight­ing curves and pos­si­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria. He is not only a Mus­lim but a well known Authen­tic Schol­ar of Hanafi Mad­hab and needs no intro­duc­tion.

Here is Maulana Sameerud­din Qas­mi (him­self) explain­ing his stance clear­ly and cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly:

Muslim Experts

Wifaqul Ula­ma also reads the research and exper­tise of Inter­na­tion­al Astro­nom­i­cal Cen­ter which is an Inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tion of Mus­lim sci­en­tists and experts head­ed by Engin­ner Moham­mad Odeh.

The UK branch ICO-UK since 1998 has been run by Engi­neer Qamar Uddin who has excel­lent links and con­tacts with Wifaqul Ula­ma. Here is a video Inter­view of Engi­neer Qamar Uddin from August 2015

Closing remarks:

All of the above should make it abun­dant­ly clear that Wifaqul Ula­ma DOES NOT rely on Non-Mus­lims for any Sharia relat­ed mat­ters at all. All of the above are (MashaAl­lah) not only Mus­lims but Mus­lims of vis­i­ble signs of fol­low­ing the Sun­nah and piety and even Ula­ma of the high­est cal­iber.

We would like to close the dis­cus­sion by request­ing Ula­ma and hon­ourable read­ers to lis­ten to this excel­lent Ara­bic dis­cus­sion on this top­ic by Maulana Salman Nad­wi in Lon­don with Ula­ma.

May Allah (SWT) give us all the abil­i­ty to under­stand, obey and prop­a­gate the com­mands of Allah (SWT) and noble Sunan of His Nabi (Sal­la­ho Alai­he Was­sal­lam) (Ameen).

جزاك اللهُ خيرًا