“The Significance of Moon Sighting in Islamic Observances: Issues and Solutions”

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Aubaid Ahmad Akhoon / JK News Live

Prioritizing Unity: Avoiding Confusion and Division over Moon Sighting

“The moon reminds us that even in darkness, there is always hope for a new beginning.”

Moon sighting is a significant event in the Islamic calendar, as it marks the start of important religious observances such as Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. The sighting of the new moon has cultural and social significance for Muslims around the world. However, disagreements over moon sighting have caused confusion and division within the community, particularly in regions where a credible and impartial authority responsible for observing the crescent is lacking.

To address this issue, it is necessary to establish a credible authority responsible for moon sighting. This authority must comprise experts from various fields, including space science, mathematics, and meteorology, and operate year-round to ensure the accuracy of moon sighting and promote unity within the Muslim community during important religious observances. The adoption of advanced technology as a backup method during challenging weather conditions can ensure the reliability of moon sighting and avoid confusion and division within the community.

In Islam, the sighting of the new moon is essential in determining the start and end of important religious observances. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) emphasized the significance of moon sighting and encouraged Muslims to rely on credible witnesses for its sighting. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Fast when you see the new moon and break the fast when you see it again, and if you are not sure, then complete the month of Sha’ban as thirty days.” (Sahih Bukhari)

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The sighting of the new moon holds great spiritual significance for Muslims, and there are several dua’s related to moon sighting mentioned in the Hadith literature. One of the dua’s is reported by Abdullah ibn Umar (RA) who said: “Allah is the greatest. O Allah, let the crescent loom above us in safety, faith, peace, and Islam, and in agreement with all good matters, may we witness it over and over again. O Allah, You are the one who clears away all harm, grants success, and is the Most Merciful. O Allah, if this moon is supposed to bring good for us and Islam, then make it apparent to us, and make it easy for us to follow it. And if it is supposed to bring harm to us and Islam, then conceal it from us and make something else easy for us, and make us content with it.” (Sahih Muslim)

This dua emphasizes the importance of seeking Allah’s guidance and blessings in all matters, including the sighting of the new moon. It emphasizes the need to trust in Allah’s wisdom and mercy and accept His will, whether the sighting of the new moon brings good or harm.

Disagreements over the sighting of the new moon can arise due to various factors such as weather conditions, geographic location, and different interpretations of Islamic jurisprudence. It is essential to recognize the importance of following Islamic jurisprudence and relying on credible witnesses for moon sighting. Muslims must prioritize unity within the community during important religious observances and avoid confusion and division.

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Bottom line: moon sighting plays a significant role in the Islamic calendar, and it is necessary to establish a credible and impartial authority responsible for observing the crescent to ensure the accuracy of moon sighting and promote unity within the Muslim community during important religious observances. The dua for moon sighting emphasizes the importance of seeking Allah’s guidance and blessings in all matters, including the sighting of the new moon. Muslims must prioritize unity within the community during important religious observances and avoid confusion and division. The journey to Allah is paved with sincerity, humility, and a heart filled with gratitude, and the sighting of the new moon is a significant part of this journey.

“Just as the moon’s phases change, so do our lives – but through faith and perseverance, we can weather any storm.”

The author holds the following positions:

•Educational Columnist •Motivational Speaker •Associate Editor of the weekly ‘Education Quill’ •Senior EDP Head at DD Target PMT in Kashmir, which is a reputed institute for medical/JEE/Foundation Coaching Classes. Insta id UBI9305

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