The need for a large group when the horizon is clear

The need for a large group when the horizon is clear
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The need for a large group when the horizon is clear

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Mar 13, 2021

Question:

If the horizon is clear, is it permissible for a judge to declare the
sighting of the crescent based on the testimony of 2-3 witnesses?

Answer:

The texts and commentaries of the Hanafi jurists concur that as per
the Zahir ar-Riwayah, if the horizon is clear, then there has to be a
large group. The sighting of the crescent based on the testimony of a
handful of people will not be established. There is no basis for
furnishing the argument that people nowadays are lazy and
disinterested in this regard. On the contrary, committees have been
established by governments, the public and ‛ulama’ bodies for this
purpose. Furthermore, lies and misunderstandings are quite common
today. It is therefore essential to practise on the Zahir ar-Riwayah.

Furthermore, lies and misunderstandings are quite common today. It
is therefore essential to practise on the Zahir ar-Riwayah. ‛Allamah
Khayr ad-Din Ramli says in this regard:

Allah ta‛ala knows best.

 

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