August 31, 2008
Ramadan in the U.S.–and Saudi Arabia!
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
***Information in this post can be wrong, may Allah forgive me, but I had a lot of confirmation about this information from at least more 3 sources or more.***
“Please note that on August 31 evening it is IMPOSSIBLE to sight the Hilal [moon] in Saudi Arabia. May Allaah SWT guide all Ummah to Haq with Khayr. Aameen.”
(Courtesy of http://www.hilalsighting.org/)
I have also spoken *personally* to some scholars (and so have my parents) and there have been no legitimate sightings anywhere across the U.S. Anyone following ISNA should know that they are following Saudi Arabia, which according to various sights and scholars, they have pre-planned their date at least one week ahead of the potential beginning of Ramadan, meaning, THEY DID NOT EVEN CHECK ON THE 31st.
And for people who try to justify fasting tomorrow because they are following their community they should know that according to the Hannafi and Shafi madhab, you follow your community, but if you find out from other means that your community is definitely doing something wrong, you are permitted not to follow them (as with anything else).
And for people who justify Ramadan (or Eid) by saying that if it is Ramadan (or Eid) on the other side of the world, it applies to their side too. Ramadan (or Eid) are the same for everyone. That can be countered easily with logic–if it is day in Saudi Arabia, is it day in the U.S? No. So Ramadan (or Eid) cannot be on the same day or time, because if we followed that logic all the way through, why don’t you break your fast at the time of iftar in Saudi Arabia? If you are folowing the moon there, you should also follow the sun there too and do your fast according to their celestial schedule, so to speak.
I am not forcing anyone to fast on a certain day (i.e. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or even Wednesday) but I am trying to point out the fallacies going around the world.
Some also asked me why Saudi Arabia would do that (i.e. plan Ramadan ahead of time) and it could be for political, domestic or social reasons, but it helps a lot of last minute problems if you know when Ramadan is starting ahead of time. And the government isn’t even Islamic–it is a monarchy for God’s sakes and monarchies are forbidden in Islam and yet it is the country that holds Islam’s most holy cities.
I mean no offense to anyone and if for some reason, world Islamic leaders are reading this, I hope Allah guides us all.
Anyway, Ramadan Mubarak and may Allah help us all and give goodness to everyone.
P.S. But I am ticked off with my school, IFS, for being so stupid, asinine, thoughtless, brainless, clueless and completely ignorant with the decision they made for Ramadan tomorrow along with many other decisions they made as a Masjid and a school. It is sometimes sad to admit that I graduated from there. I hope that they start thinking when making major communal (or any) decisions and I haven’t forgotten what happened on Eid last year. I hope the administrators there know that ALLAH IS WATCHING THEM.