Saudi Scholars on Saudi/Makkah Sighting not binding for those outside of Saudi Arabia

Moon Sighting of Makkah and it’s legal Status:

Shaykh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz (RA)

فأما قول من قال إنه ينبغي أن يكون المعتبر رؤية هلال مكة خاصة ، فلا أصل له ولا دليل عليه

As for those who say that it is nec­es­sary to fol­low the sight­ing of Makkah, then let it be known to them, that there is no proof or basis for this in the Qur’aan and Hadith”. (Sheikh Abdul­lah bin Baz RA AlBa’ath ul Islaaami Zil Hij­jah 1399 Hijri).

Shaykh Salih al-Uthaymeen (RA)

Shaykh (RA) was asked about those who call for the ummah to be unit­ed in fast­ing and for the moon sight­ing to be based on its sight­ing in Makkah. He said:

هذا من الناحية الفلكية مستحيل ؛ لأن مطالع الهلال كما قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله تختلف باتفاق أهل المعرفة بهذا العلم ، وإذا كانت تختلف فإن مقتضى الدليل الأثري والنظري أن يجعل لكل بلد حكمه

This is impos­si­ble from an astro­nom­i­cal point of view, because the sight­ing of the new moon, as Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said, dif­fers, accord­ing to the sci­en­tists who are well-versed in this field. Because it dif­fers, then each coun­try should have its own rul­ing, accord­ing to the reports and accord­ing to sci­ence.

Shaykh Saud Al-Shuraim (Imam of Makkah)- Friday Khutbah on 22nd of July 2011:

The sheikh said sight­ing the moon is estab­lished in the Sharia, and this prin­ci­ple does not pre­clude ben­e­fit­ing from mod­ern sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy as the­se do not vio­late the prin­ci­ple nor con­tra­dict it. Exam­ples of this include the usage of binoc­u­lars and math­e­mat­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions which assist in real­is­ing the sight­ing of the moon, or tahqeeq al-ru’yah. By this means, con­flict­ing points of view can be uni­fied and dis­pu­ta­tion less­ened. He then quot­ed the fol­low­ing Hadeeth from Saheeh Mus­lim in favour of fol­low­ing local sight­ing:

عَنْ كُرَيْبٍ أَنَّ أُمَّ الْفَضْلِ بِنْتَ الْحَارِثِ بَعَثَتْهُ إِلَى مُعَاوِيَةَ بِالشَّامِ قَالَ فَقَدِمْتُ الشَّامَ فَقَضَيْتُ حَاجَتَهَا وَاسْتُهِلَّ عَلَيَّ رَمَضَانُ وَأَنَا بِالشَّامِ فَرَأَيْتُ الْهِلَالَ لَيْلَةَ الْجُمُعَةِ ثُمَّ قَدِمْتُ الْمَدِينَةَ فِي آخِرِ الشَّهْرِ فَسَأَلَنِي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا ثُمَّ ذَكَرَ الْهِلَالَ فَقَالَ مَتَى رَأَيْتُمْ الْهِلَالَ فَقُلْتُ رَأَيْنَاهُ لَيْلَةَ الْجُمُعَةِ فَقَالَ أَنْتَ رَأَيْتَهُ فَقُلْتُ نَعَمْ وَرَآهُ النَّاسُ وَصَامُوا وَصَامَ مُعَاوِيَةُ فَقَالَ لَكِنَّا رَأَيْنَاهُ لَيْلَةَ السَّبْتِ فَلَا نَزَالُ نَصُومُ حَتَّى نُكْمِلَ ثَلَاثِينَ أَوْ نَرَاهُ فَقُلْتُ أَوَ لَا تَكْتَفِي بِرُؤْيَةِ مُعَاوِيَةَ وَصِيَامِهِ فَقَالَ لَا هَكَذَا أَمَرَنَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَشَكَّ يَحْيَى بْنُ يَحْيَى فِي نَكْتَفِي أَوْ تَكْتَفِي

Kuraib report­ed that Umm Fadl, daugh­ter of Harith, sent him (Fadl, i.e. her son) to Sayyid­i­na Mu’awiya (RA) in Syr­ia. I (Fadl) arrived in Syr­ia, and did the need­ful for her. It was there in Syr­ia that the mon­th of Ramadan com­menced. I saw the new moon (of Ramadan) on Fri­day. I then came back to Med­i­na at the end of the mon­th. Sayyid­i­na Abdul­lah Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) asked me (about the new moon of Ramadan) and said: When did you see it? I said.: We saw it on the night of Fri­day. He said: (Did) you see it your­self? -I said: Yes, and the peo­ple also saw it and they observed fast and Mu’awiya also observed fast, where­upon he said: But we saw it on Sat­ur­day night. So we would con­tin­ue to observe fast till we com­plete thir­ty (lasts) or we see it (the new moon of Shawwal). I said: Is the sight­idg of the moon by Mu’awiya not valid for you? He said: No; this is how the Mes­sen­ger of Allah (may peace be upon him) has com­mand­ed us. Yahya b. Yahya was in doubt (whether the word used in the nar­ra­tion by Kuraib) was Nak­tafi or Tak­tafi. [Mus­lim]