ISNA and Eid al-Fitr 1426/2005

Fiqh Council’s Statement on Eid-al Fitr for this Year [Shawwal 1426/ Nov. 2005]

10-31-05 15:19

ISNA

Available data indicate that the Astronomical New Moon will occur on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, at 01:25 GMT, i.e. November 1, 2005 at 8:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time or 5:25 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Available data indicate that the Astronomical New Moon will occur on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, at 01:25 GMT, i.e. November 1, 2005 at 8:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time or 5:25 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. On November 2, the moon will be about 24 hours old on the West Coast of USA. It will be too low (only about 4 to 5 degrees) above the horizon in North America setting in about 20 minutes after sunset. All Muslim astronomical consultants are unanimous that with the naked eye it is impossible to see it anywhere in North America. Possibility of sighting by telescope in the southern states can not be conclusively ruled out according to some, but not all, Muslim astronomical consultants. The current criteria followed by the Fiqh Council is to accept reports of Hilal sighting so long as they do not contradict conclusive and definitive astronomical data. And since the impossibility of sighting the Hilal on Wednesday night, November 2nd can not be ascertained this year, the Fiqh Council is obligated to follow its announced criteria and be ready to accept and carefully verify any reported sighting on Wednesday night. If there is a verified Hilal sighting on Wednesday, November 2nd after sunset, then Eid-al-Fitr will be on Thursday, November 3, 2005. If, however, there is no verified Hilal sighting with the use of optical aids on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, 30 days of Ramadan will be completed and the first day of Shawwal (Eid-al-Fitr) will be on Friday, November 4, 2005, insha’Allah.

PROCEDURES FOR TAKING MOON SIGHTING REPORTS: ISNA will take the information and have its consultants call you for further details to verify the sighting. Please stay by your phone and keep the line open. A conference call will be held with members of Islamic Shura Council of North America. It will include the leaders of the National Shura member organizations, members of the Fiqh Council, Muslim astronomical consultants, and sighting coordinators at the ISNA headquarters. They will review the reports and reach a conclusion regarding the beginning of the Islamic lunar month. The decision will be immediately posted on the Internet: http://www.isna.net http://www.moonsighting.com http://www.Hilal-Sighting.Com

The Fiqh Council is keenly aware of the difficulties and concerns of the Muslim community in North America resulting from uncertainties about sighting, especially in some marginal situations like this year. The Council has been recently involved in detailed discussions about the possibility of alternative criteria to determine the timing of Ramadan and Eids, both from the Fiqhi and scientific perspectives. The later perspective has not always been a matter of full agreement among the Muslim astronomical consultants, as is the case this year. Until more consensus is attained, the Fiqh Council feels obligated to consistently follow its current guidelines until any possible change is announced ahead of time with the opportunity for fuller explanation, education and consultation.

FOR GENERAL INFORMATION, please call 317-839-8157.
TO REPORT A MOON SIGHTING, please dial 317-839-1803.

You may access the moon sighting information on the internet at http://www.moonsighting.com and at http://www.hilal-sighting.com

FIQH COUNCIL OF NORTH AMERICA
1. Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
2. Dr. Abdul Hakim Jackson
3. Dr. Ahmad Shleibak
4. Dr. Akbar Muhammad
5. Dr. Deina Abdulkadir
6. Shaikh Hassan Qazwini
7. Dr. Ihsan Bagby
8. Dr. Jamal Badawi
9. Dr. Muhammad Adam ElSheikh
10. Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti
11. Shaikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah
12. Dr. Salah Soltan
13. Shaikh Yahya Hindi
14. Shaikhah Zainab Alalwani
15. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah
16. Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui
17. Dr. Nazih Hammad
The team of independent Muslim astronomical consultants is presently comprised of:
1. Dr. Syed Khalid Shaukat
2. Dr. Mohib Durrani
3. Dr. Ahmed H. Salama

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