Different groups having different views on the sighting of the crescent

Different groups having different views on the sighting of the crescent
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Different groups having different views on the sighting of the crescent

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Mar 18, 2021

Question:

As regards the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, the Muslims of
Albania has become divided into various groups. They are:

1. One group followed Saudi Arabia. It neither kept fast nor
performed tarawih. Instead, it observed ‛id the next day.

2. One group followed the people of Britain and observed ‛id one
day after the previous group. However, no one in Britain
sighted the crescent nor anyone in Albania. And there is just
a one-hour time difference between these two countries.

3. The third group kept 30 fasts because the crescent was not
sighted in Albania. These people observed ‛id two days after
the first group and one day after the second group.

Now, whose ‛id is correct as per the rules of the Shari‛ah?

Answer:

The ‛Id of the first group is incorrect whether on the basis of the
Shari‛ah, common practice (‛urf) or based on calculations.

The second group did not sight the crescent – not in its country nor in
Europe. If it received correct and authentic information of sightings in
nearby cities of Asia, and it, therefore, observed ‛Id, it will be correct. If
it followed Britain without receiving correct information of sighting,
its ‛Id is not correct.

The ‛id of the third group is correct because it did not receive the correct
information. Or if it did, it did not rely on it either because it did not
receive the information via the correct channels or it did not accept
the testimony of far off countries, or for some other reason. No matter
what, its action is correct.

Allah ta‛ala knows best.

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