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Written by S Noor Mohammad   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 18:49

It may be recalled that in the last lunar month of Zul Qada 1430H the New Moon was not sighted on the 29th throughout the mainland US and Canada. However, there were reports of the Hilal sighting from Trinidad, a Caribbean Island which is located about 1630 Miles southeast of the sea shores of Miami, Florida in the mainland USA. It may also be recalled that the Caribbean Islands were not included in the Matla (moon sighting horizon) of the US and Canada due to its far-off distance by consensus of the Ulema of US and Canada. In spite of this, some Organizations including the newly formed Central Hilal Committee which is based in New York, changed the Matla and declared inclusion of Caribbean Islands in the Matla of US and Canada. This was against the earlier decision of Ulemas of N America to exclude the Caribbean Islands, Alaska and Hawaii due to their far off distance from the mainland US and Canada which was endorsed and supported by the Ulemas from Saudi Arabia, Egypt,  India and Pakistan etc.  

Last month moon sighting was reported from Trinidad, Guiana, Chile and South Africa. Based on the sighting in Trinidad the Central Hilal Committee declared 1st of Zul Hijjah on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 and Eid-ul-Adha on Friday, November 27, 2009.Scholars who believe that the Caribbean Islands are out of the Matla (Moon Sighting Horizon) of contagious mainland of USA and Canada, including Peer wo Murshid Hazrat Maulana Abulfath Syed Nusrat Sahab Qibla, did not accept this and declared that the month of Zul Qada will complete the cycle of 30 days and the 1st of the Zul Hijjah 1430H to be on Thursday, the 19th of November 2009 and Eid-ul-Azha to be on Saturday, the 28th of Nov 2009.

Now, on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 it was the 29th of Zul Hijjah according to those who extended the Matla to Caribbean Islands; the New Moon was not sighted anywhere in USA and Canada nor in the Caribbean Islands. This proves that the stand taken by the Central Hilal Committee (and also those who followed it blindly) by extending the Matla to Caribbean Islands was wrong and the Eid-ul-Azha which was declared on Friday, the 27th of November, 2009 was also wrong and actually was celebrated a day earlier on the 9th of Zul Hijjah. It now proves beyond any doubt that this declaration was made for the purpose of coinciding Eid-ul-Azha with Saudi Arabia.

The fact that the new moon was not sighted on Wednesday, the 16th of December, 2009 proves beyond any doubt that the decision of including Caribbean Islands in the Matla of contagious mainland US and Canada was wrong and for misleading the Muslims of North America.

It is imperative that the above mentioned organizations should now acknowledge that they are actually following the Saudi Arabian dates.

In conclusion it may now be stated that today, Thuursday, the 17th of December 2009 correctly happens to be the 29th of Zul Hijjah. If the Hilal is sighted around sun set (Maghrib) anywhere in the mainland of USA and Canada the 1st of Muharram Al-Haram 1431H will be on Fri, 18th of December 2009. However, if the Hilal is not sighted anywhere in USA and Canada 30 days of Zul Hijjah will be completed and the 1st of Muharram Al-Haram will be on Sat, the 19th of Dec 09. 

Hope all un-biased, fair minded Brothers and Sisters in Faith will appreciate and fully understand this fair and just stand in the light of Shariah Rules.


May Allah SWT Guide us all.

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