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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rigidity or obstinacy?

This is the kind of rigidity that mars clear headed thinking. I ask you this: if Pepsi or Coca cola or a carbonated drink was available 1430 years back would Prophet Muhammed (saw) have drunk it? The exalted Maulvi sahibaans drink it today.

Go to any mosque and you will find a full yearly time chart mentioning the prayers times. Do they determine the prayer timings the way it used to be done in the prophet's times?

This fuss about the new moon sighting serves only ONE purpose: it maintains the hegemony of the clergy. It plays asignificant role in dividing the ummah. ~~t

The Moon and the Naked Eye

This criterion is based on the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Noble Messenger of Allah, may His peace and blessings be upon him. It must be kept in mind that the beginning and ending of the Islamic lunar month is not a small matter: any tampering amounts to intercalation, which is condemned in the Qur’an. Furthermore, the principle of naked-eye sighting is based on numerous sayings of the Prophet, upon him be peace and blessings, that achieve the status of infallible (mutawatir) and thus are on par with the legislative authority of any verse in the Qur’an. The Prophet commanded Muslims to base their month on the physical sighting of the new moon and if not seen on the twenty-ninth completed day of the previous month on a clear evening, or if clouds or other atmospheric barriers hindered visibility, then to complete thirty days of the previous month and begin the new month the following sunset.To base the Islamic lunar month on calculations is, therefore, untenable from a strictly legal point of view, legal in the sense of Shariah, the code of law established by Allah. Due to the extreme inferiority complex Muslims have about science these days, it is often stated that in this day and age of science, why can’t Muslims rely on technology to determine the beginning and ending of their lunar month? The answer is simple: this is not the criterion established by the two primary sources of law in Islam: the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The new moon has to be sighted by naked eye.


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