British Moon Sighting

Does Wifaqul Ulama have a system to verify local Moon Sighting?

(Qari) Muhammad Shoyaib Nurgat

Ques­tion: Since Wifaqul Ula­ma places great empha­sis on local (British) Moon Sight­ing, what is the sys­tem and mech­a­nism in place to ver­i­fy it?

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, this issue was dis­cussed and rede­lib­er­at­ed in great detail at the house of (Mufti) Yusuf Sacha (DB) on Sat­ur­day the 11th of March 2017. Shaykh (DB) explained that Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) and Khabar (news) are two dis­tinct enti­ties in Islam­ic law and must be treat­ed as such. There are rules and reg­u­la­tions per­tain­ing to accept­ing Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny). The Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) must be accept­ed in per­son by a des­ig­nat­ed per­son (appoint­ed by a Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee) and they must for­ward the accept­ed Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) to the Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee to delib­er­ate and make a final deci­sion. We under­stand that this list doesn’t cov­er the entire coun­try (yet) but we hope to pro­vide cov­er­age through­out the coun­try, Insha’Allah. In the mean­time Mus­lims should con­tact their near­est Wifaqul Ula­ma rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the time being. The issue of accept­ing Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) through skype or video con­fer­enc­ing is still under delib­er­a­tion and it is not an accept­able method at this time.

Wish to Help?

If you wish to vol­un­teer your­self and have your name added to this list, send us an email on wifaqulu@www.wifaqululama.co.uk

Monthly Moon Sighting Data:

Month­ly data for (each) Islam­ic Month is wide­ly cir­cu­lat­ed by Wifaqul Ula­ma in 3 lan­guages and made avail­able to all those autho­rised to receive the Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny). It is gen­er­al­ly made avail­able before the 25th of (each) Islam­ic Month for pub­lic use.

The link for “Cur­rent Month” is delib­er­ate­ly kept the same each month so Users can save and vis­it the same link every month.

Historical Moon Sighting Data:

His­tor­i­cal Moon Sight­ing data is avail­able via our site for the past 5 1/2 years.  The (Islam­ic) years cov­ered so far are:

  1. 1433
  2. 1434
  3. 1435
  4. 1436
  5. 1437
  6. 1438

Authorised to receive Shahadah (testimony):

All of the per­son­al­i­ties men­tioned below are autho­rised to receive the Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) and for­ward it. They are not autho­rised to make a deci­sion. Wifaqul Ula­ma Moon Sight­ing com­mit­tee will con­sid­er, scru­ti­nise and delib­er­ate on the (received) Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) and make a final deci­sion.

London:

  1. (Qari) Muham­mad Shoy­aib Nur­gat (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  2. (Shaykh) Mum­taz ul Haq
  3. Hafiz Ibrahim Kapo­drawi (Plashet Gri­ove)
  4. (Maulana) Mohammed Thawa (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  5. (Maulana) Muham­mad Patel (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  6. (Maulana) Sal­im Mak­da (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  7. (Maulana) Idris Patel (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  8. (Qari) Saeed Ravat (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  9. (Mufti) Umar Farooq Desai (Mad­i­na Masjid, Clap­ton)
  10. (Maulana) Muham­mad Morea (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  11. (Maulana) Zaid Mehtar (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  12. (Maulana) Ibrahim Soor­ti (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  13. (Mufti) Arif Ravat (Stam­ford Hill)
  14. (Maulana) Moham­mad Arshad Qas­mi (Mitcham Islam­ic Cen­tre)
  15. (Mufti) Yusuf Danke (Croy­don Mosque & Islam­ic Cen­tre, Croy­don)
  16. (Mufti) Sajid Patel (Sev­en Kings Mus­lim Edu­ca­tion­al Trust, Essex)
  17. (Shaykh) Suli­man Gani
  18. (Maulana) Sohail Bawa (Islam­ic Dawah Coun­cil, Khatme Nubuwwat Acad­e­my, Newham)
  19. (Maulana) Muham­mad Saeed Mul­la (Masjid-e-Umar, Waltham­stow)
  20. (Maulana) Inaam-ul-Haq Malik (Croy­don Mosque & Islam­ic Cen­tre, Croy­don)
  21. (Maulana) Muz­za­m­mil Kara (Bal­ham Mosque and Toot­ing Islam­ic Cen­tre)
  22. (Maulana) Abdul-Kad­er Sule­man
  23. (Maulana) Abdool Samed (Nor­bury Islam­ic Acad­e­my)
  24. (Maulana) Amin Sadak (Ching­ford Mosque, Ching­ford)

Bristol:

  1. (Maulana) Sulaiman Wadi (Green­bank Mosque, Bris­tol)

Leicester:

  1. (Shaykhul-Hadeeth) Moham­mad Ayub Bande Ilahi (Majlis e Dawat­ul Haq, Leices­ter)
  2. (Qad­hi) Imran Sayed Falahi (Majlis e Dawat­ul Haq, Leices­ter)
  3. (Maulana) Ibarheem Patel (Majlis e Dawat­ul Haq, Leices­ter)
  4. (Mufti) Bilaal Issak (Majlis e Dawat­ul Haq, Leices­ter)
  5. (Hafiz) Musa Patel (Majlis e Dawat­ul Haq, Leices­ter)

Birmingham:

  1. (Mufti) Mohamed Shab­bir Saiyed
  2. (Maulana) Iftikhar Hus­sain (Anju­man Naqibul Islam, Salt­ley)
  3. (Maulana) Tahir Suleiman Patel (Anju­man Naqibul Islam, Salt­ley)

Wolverhampton:

  1. (Qari) Ismael Surati (Jamia Masjid Al-Aqsa, Water­loo Road)
  2. (Maulana) Ata Muham­mad (UKIM Mad­i­na Masjid & Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre)
  3. (Hafiz) Mehmood Ahmed (UKIM Mad­i­na Masjid & Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre)

Walsall:

  1. (Shaykh) Maulana Muham­mad Hasan Bod­han­vi (Masjid Al-Faruq)
  2. (Maulana) Abdul Aww­al Molvi (Masjid Al-Faruq)
  3. (Hafiz) Sajid Molvi (Masjid Al-Faruq)
  4. (Maulana) Muham­mad Raza

Manchester:

  1. (Allamah) Khalid Mah­mood (Islam­ic Acad­e­my of Man­ches­ter, Longsight)
  2. (Shaykh) Samirud­din Qas­mi
  3. (Mufti) Faizur Rah­man (Islam­ic Acad­e­my of Man­ches­ter, Longsight)
  4. Hafiz Mazhar Hus­sain (Islam­ic Acad­e­my of Man­ches­ter, Longsight)
  5. Hafiz Saf­dar Hus­sain (Islam­ic Acad­e­my of Man­ches­ter, Longsight)

Preston:

  1. (Mufti) Javid Pathan
  2. (Maulana) Mohammed Farook Kazi
  3. (Maulana) Habibul­lah Mun­shi
  4. (Maulana) Arif Pol­li
  5. (Maulana) Imti­az Kamal

Bolton:

  1. (Qari) Mush­taq Ahmad
  2. (Qari) Anas Ahmad
  3. (Maulana) Hasan Sar­o­di

Blackburn:

  1. (Maulana) Hanif Dud­hwala
  2. (Maulana) Rafiq Sufi (Patel)
  3. (Maulana) Hashim Lim­ba­da

Rochdale:

  1. (Mufti) Zaid Mohammed
  2. (Hafiz) Abdul Malik

Bradford

  1. (Mufti) Mohammed Ash­faq (JKN)
  2. (Mufti) Amjad Mohammed (The Olive Foun­da­tion)
  3. (Maulana) Fazal Dad (Masjid Abu Bakr)
  4. (Maulana) Abdur­rahim Meer (Madrasah Mada­nia Tah­feezul Quran)

Batley:

  1. (Mufti) Yusuf Sacha (Dawatal Islam Mosque)
  2. (Mufti) Zakariyya Aku­di (Mad­i­na Masjid, MPIT)
  3. (Maulana) Marghoob Ahmed (Cab­in Mosque)
  4. (Mufti) Amin Pan­dor (Masjid e Mah­mood­iya)
  5. (Maulana) Hashim Sacha (Dawatal Islam Mosque)
  6. Maulana Ahmed Sarkar

Dewsbury:

  1. (Mufti) Zubair Dud­ha (ITA)

York:

  1. (Maulana) Bilal Ban­da (York Mus­lim Asso­ci­a­tion)

Motherwell:

  1. (Mufti) Abidur-Rah­man Molvi  (Lanark­shire Cen­tral Mosque)

Edinburgh:

  1. Mufti Shah­baz Ahmed (Edin­burgh Black­hall Mosque)

Shahadah (testimony) Form:

Any of the above who receives a Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) will be required to com­plete this form and sub­mit it to Wifaqul Ula­ma. The form can be sub­mit­ted using any method includ­ing tak­ing a pic­ture on your phone and send­ing an image since the Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee needs to be informed as quick­ly as pos­si­ble.

If a deci­sion is made based on the received Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) the form will be pub­licly dis­played on our site; oth­er­wise a gen­er­al state­ment will be issued.


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Shahadah (testimony) Transmission Procedure:

GUIDANCE BEING PREPARED IN ENGLISH AND URDU, WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE

Moon Sighting Committee:

Those who accept Sha­hadah (tes­ti­mo­ny) are to for­ward the infor­ma­tion to the Wifaqul Ula­ma Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee which meets after sun­set month­ly on the 29th of (each) Islam­ic Month. The com­mit­tee will make the final deci­sion.

Cur­rent­ly, there are two sep­a­rate com­mit­tees in Unit­ed King­dom who delib­er­ate Moon Sight­ing (month­ly). Wifaqul Ula­ma which oper­ates and announces deci­sion on a Nation­al lev­el and  Bat­ley Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee which oper­ates and announces deci­sion on a region­al lev­el. There is no con­flict and it is the way both have evolved (nat­u­ral­ly). The addi­tion­al dif­fer­ence is that Wifaqul Ula­ma is a Nation­al body and tends to oper­ate and adver­tise its deci­sions on a Nation­al lev­el.

Addi­tion­al Schol­ars may be invit­ed and may attend from time to time but the core mem­bers who attend (month­ly) meet­ings are as fol­lows. It is not nec­es­sary for all Schol­ars to present in each meet­ing.

Both com­mit­tees then con­sult each oth­er before a deci­sion is announced.

Wifaqul Ulama:

  1. Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulana) Moham­mad Ayub Bande Ilahi (DB)
  2. (Qari) Muham­mad Shoy­aib Nur­gat
  3. (Qad­hi) Imran Sayed Falahi
  4. (Mufti) Yusuf Dan­ka
  5. (Mufti) Zubair Dud­ha
  6. (Mufti) Amjad Mohammed
  7. (Shaykh) Suli­man Gani

Batley Moon Sighting Committee:

  1. (Mufti) Yusuf Sacha
  2. (Mufti) Zakariyya Aku­di
  3. (Mufti) Amin Pan­dor
  4. (Maulana) Yusuf Mama
  5. (Maulana) Hashim Rawat
  6. (Qari) Haneef
  7. (Maulana) Nausar­ka
  8. (Maulana) Shab­bir See­dat
  9. (Maulana) Marghoob Ahmed
  10. (Maulana) Haseeb
  11. (Maulana) Hashim Sacha
  12. (Maulana) Abdul-Hai See­dat
  13. (Maulana) Musa Gora
  14. (Maulana) Wasif Sacha
  15. (Maulana) Ifran Soni
  16. (Maulana) Yusuf Baig
  17. (Maulana) Mush­taq Bal­akad­hi
  18. (Maulana) Afzal Wali Mul­la
  19. (Maulana) Bilal May­at
  20. (Maulana) Sulaiman Mak­da
  21. (Maulana) Tariq Mah­mood
  22. (Maulana) Musa Gora
  23. (Maulana) Habeel

Moon Sighting Decision Process (Flowchart):

FLOWCAHRT BEING PREPARED WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE

Moon Sighting Announcements:

The final deci­sion is announced using the fol­low­ing means:

  1. Wifaqul Ula­ma (web­site)
  2. Twit­ter
  3. Face­book
  4. Insta­gram
  5. Bat­ley Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee (BMSC) have their own local pro­ce­dures for Month­ly announce­ments
  6. Text Mes­sages and What­sApp: This method relies on oth­er Mus­lims for­ward­ing mes­sages to each oth­er.

Eight Principles: Fiqh of Moon Sighting for United Kingdom for 12 Months

These prin­ci­ples were draft­ed by Bat­ley Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee (BMSC) and cir­cu­lat­ed to may Darul-Iftaas around the world and approved.

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