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ICNA’s Position on Moon Sighting


08 8 09

 

 

 

JAMAICA, New York (Aug 8, 2009) – Instead of making any moon sighting decisions, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has decided to guide its members and the general Muslim community to celebrate the beginning of the month of Ramadan and the Eid holidays with their local masajid, communities and Islamic centers. 

ICNA would like to see more harmony and unity among the Muslim community at a local level. We hope that American Muslims will observe the month of Ramadan & the Eid holidays with full piety and dignity—making dawah to our neighbors, co-workers and friends as we embrace this joyous season.

We pray that Allah (SWT) showers you and your families with blessings. Please keep us in your prayers and accept our warmest congratulations on this blessed occasion!

 

  • Zulfiqar Ali

    The way Allah swt setup this system, new moon (technical or visible) can never be at the same time or same day everywhere in the world. So what ICNA decided is perfectly legitimate and valid. Unite at the local level and decide as ahead of time as you can based on local sunset / moonset times so people can plan easily.

  • Nayeem

    I have a comment(question as well) on moon sighting and begining of Ramadan and Eid. My friends from (almost) every where of USA and Canada told me “Eid Mubarak” today (Aug 30th). I said them that I am fasting because our local mosque has decided to complete 30 days of fasting as moon was not sighted in North America.Eevery year we get the same problem regarding Ramadan and Eid. My question is: Prophet (PBUH) asked to see moon sight for Ramadan and Eid. Doesn’t it imply the condition that new moon must be there (whether we see it or not for cloud or any other reasons)? Moon must be there otherwise we cannot see the moon and thus without the existence of moon we cannot begin Ramadan or celibrate Eid. If the existence of moon is the condition of begining of Ramadan and Eid then why can’t we decide what should be actual first day of Shawwal month and thus the day of Eid? Regardless we see or not moon follows its natural way as detemined by Allah to circle it orbit? Why can’t our Muslim religious leaders of North America agree on this?

  • Khan Mir Ajab

    May Allah sbt guide us to be on right path of Islam,and give us power of unity.
    This is absurd that we divided on the major events like EID.If we not learning
    & didn’t learn being Muslim living in USA we are totally lost.

  • Arif

    Salaam & Eid Mubarak to all Muslims whether they are celebrating on Tuesday or Wednesday. We’re all still Muslim and remain undivided despite such disagreements.

    To those, who rightly insist on going by moon-sighting, I invite them also to consider the following: when moon had been sighted, Prophet (SAW) ordered horsemen to race towards neighboring communities to inform that moon has been sighted for Ramadan or Eid. The neighboring communities accepted the news of authenticated new moon-sighting.

    Their limitation was speed of horses, but the intent was there to include as many communities as they could even if others did not see the moon.

    Had there been phone or website available those days, they would let the entire world community know that moon has been sighted. And, they porobably would make moon-sighting a global decision, not local.

    In today’s world, with the help of Internet and electronic communication, when we have valid evidence from a community that moon has been sighted, all Muslims of the world can start the new month.

    Last issue we need to settle is whether we estimate birth of moon, or go by moon sighting every new month.

    New month beginning should be decided at global level, not local level. Otherwise, how do we establish a global Islamic calendar?

  • khan

    I totally agree with Br Arif.
    Allah-swt orders to Obey Allah and Obey Prophet in many verses.
    The sahih Hadith COMMANDS ‘SEE and FAST” SEE and Break the FAST”or “Complete 30 DAYS”
    Sahih Sunnah: Abu `Umair bin Anas said on the authority of his paternal uncles, who were companions of the Prophet (sas):”Some men came riding to the Prophet (sas) and testified that they had sighted the Hilaal the previous day. Prophet (sas) therefore commanded the people to break the fast and to go out to their place of prayer in the morning. “(Ahmad, ibn maja nasaee, Abu Daud).Prophet(s) accepted the testimony from those who were not local or was traveling.
    This is in the Fiqhs of all /at least 3 imams: Hanafees, Malik and Hambal. All Imams professed that, ‘if you find something I said or do to be contradictory to Quran/Sunnah, and then leave what I say’ (Imam Shafai ?Iktilaf -ul Matali).
    This is the opinion of the many authentic and qualified Scholars. Many of them are against using the calculations; But they gave fatwas and said the first moon crescent sighted anywhere in the world- should be the Universal and determine beginning of Islamic month for all countries in the world including the KSA and not otherwise.
    European Council for Fatwa and Research Statement (ECFR)
    Determining the Start of the Month of Shawal based on these conditions and the decision passed by the International Fiqh Academy, resolution number 18, during its third assembly in 1986.

  • Anwarul Huq

    Earlier, there was a conflict with ISNA regarding declaration of Ramadan or Eid. Now, ICNA has got out of it. In reality, the individual mosjids used to take their own decision regardless of ICNA decistion. By this decision ICNA has come to a top ranking leadership organization. It is now the forum of all groups, moonsighting, calculation, local, global.

  • Omar

    Assalaamu Alaikum, Ramadan Mubarak.
    What ICNA is saying goes along with the following video by Sh. Muhammad AlShareef, beautifully explained: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=139980792754963

  • Fridoon

    We as Muslims in america are totally lost,or we are trapped in the web of shaitan.I am not taliking about the problem of Ramadan or Eid that all the time we can’t figure it out which day is our Ramadan,but I am taliking about our routin daily prayer in our Masajids that facing towrds LONDON not MECCA. Who is going to solve that? Why North/East direction has become the main Qibllah (LONDON) for American Muslims.This is a 4 th grader geography that Mecca is East/South-east of USA& CANADA. Where this methode of “SHORTEST DISTANCE”came from which is totally against the Quran, and most of the Schollars ignoring the Quran which is (SHIRK, BEDHAT)to change the Direction to Distance.Allah(ST) say; face to the dirction toward Mecca from where you are, we say;to the “SHORTEST DISTANCE TO MECCA.Asteghferoullah thay are talking above Allah(ST).Ask any geographer about “DIRECTION TO MECCA not DISTANCE they will tell you North/East is based on distance, and Eastsouth-east is based on “DIRECTION.One of the Faraiez and requirement of salat is correct qibllah directio, and if the Qiblah is incirrect your salat is invalid…Plus why we don’t care about the methode of Rasulullah(SW)to find the correct qibllah for USA & CANADA.If the Qiblah of North America is NOERTH/EAST than what is the Qibllah of SOUTH AMERICA? How come both places have the same qibllah of North/East? very funny & childish.How abouth South Africa their Qiblah is also North/East. Is North America moved closer to South Afric????

  • Tasnim RIZVI

    I totally agree with ICNA. It would go a long way in bringing Harmony and avoiding conflict, chaos and confusion.

  • noor

    Basing moon sightings on calculations is NOT permissible. Sadly we have made it difficult. The Sunnah is easy. FOLLOW it. The whole point of moon sighting is to actually SIGHT it. If you see it then fast. If not, then finish 30 days of sha’baan and fast the next day. ABANDON this astronomical calculations business. The scholars (salaf) and the scholars are of unanimous agreement that it is not permissible. SubhanAllaah. Dont go against the Sunnah.

  • Guest

    Misleading the ummat is what your organization is upto.When Rasoolullah (SAW) has very clearly asked us to start and stop fasting on seeing the moon.ICNA has started something which is based on the the decision of some Half cooked scholars.These scholars of yours in reality are orators who keep mouthing the names of Allah and Rasoolullah (SAW) to convince the muslims and accommodate the duniya in deen.ICNA has had different arguments at different times sometimes follow Saudi sometimes follow technology which is defective. After reading 2 books and standing and reading from cards doesn’t make people Fuqaha and scholars.Sunnat of Rasoolullah (SAW) is what is going to prevail and define success not the religion of convenience that you are preaching.Unity is in following Sunnat not in innovations of ICNA kind I say ICNA is in other words creating FITNA. Follow the local Mosque means ICNA patrons. May Allah Ta’ala Guide us on the Right path AMEEN

  • A. L. Haque

    I totally agree with the comments of the brother/sister from Manhattan on the ICNA position on moon-sighting for the beginning of Ramadhan 2013. ISNA’s stand was very clear that they used “calculations” on deciding the beginning of every lunar month. But what ICNA had been doing on this issue should be termed as “disservice” to the pious community who just want to protect themselves and their family from all the evil advices of Shaitan in this country. It reminds me one thing to fully comprehend why Allah did mention in the holy qur’an about the wrongdoings of the Jews. What the Muslins of America are doing right now can be attributed to the similar activities of the Jews.

  • Qasim Hussain

    Local Masjids and community centers rely on organisations like ICNA for thier approach on moon-sighting. Your stance is political and you are trying to refrain yourselves from any criticism. Yor are doing more harm to people then any good.

  • Zaheer Hussain

    The first thing we need to understand is that unity of Muslims is fard (mandatory) while moon sighting is sunnah, which makes it second compared to unity.

    As someone put a link to a video (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=139980792754963) by Shaikh Ash Shareef, why does each Masjid (nowadays each person) have to decide on this issue? It is total anarchy and rebellion everywhere. Nobody follows anybody on this issue. Everybody is king. So what do you expect?

    Make one organization/committee in the country responsible for the job and follow it regardless of its decision.

    Now regarding the moonsighting, everyone should watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLgpje6nN78.

    I have debated with many about how we have restricted our Hijri calendar to fatsing and eid while we totally depend on Gregorian calendar for everything else. You should read this:https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6377520662061371384#editor/target=post;postID=6246224570136773431;onPublishedMenu=overview;onClosedMenu=overview;postNum=0;src=postname

  • Zaheer Hussain

    This is in response to Fridoon from Sacramento who questioned the qibla direction.

    He can solve his question by downloading Google Earth, and drawing a line from Makkah to Sacramento. The line will give him the qibla direction.

  • MOHAMAD

    Salamon Alaykom, ICNA ANOUNCE GO BY YOUR LOCAL MASJED FOR MUSLIM UNITY, OMAN ,BANGLADISH, INDIA, PAKISTAN DO NOT CELEBERATE EID ARE THEY AGAINST UNITY, WHY ICNA DO NOT ANOUNCE WE COULDNT SEE MOON SHARAAN TODAY IS NOT EID, BUT POLITICALLY YOU CAN GO BY SAUDI, THIS EID WAS POLITICAL EID BECAUSE OF SAUDI, NOTHING ELESE.
    OR A SALAFISM EID. BECAUSE THIER INVISIBLE IFLUENCE IN OUR MASAJED, BECAUSE WE ARE SLEEP AND DONT KNOW HOW SILENTLY THEY ARE INTERING OUR MASAJED, PRAYING WITH US AND CHANGING OUR DIRECTION BASE ON THIER POLITICAL WISHES. WE AS A AMEFICAN MUSLIM HAS TO BE INDEPENDENT, AND MAKE OUR OWN DECISION.

  • Iqbal

    You can never go wrong if you hold on to the Qur’an and Sunnah of Muhammad(pbuh)in moon sighting or any other matters of Islam. This deen has already been perfected over 1400 years ago with NO need for additions or subtractions.

    Technology will come and go as many great empires came and perished but the Qur’an and sunnah of the prophet(pbuh) will endure till the day of judgment.

  • Abdul

    Dear ICNA members day of judgment we will take you all court of Allah subhanallah talaha . You are denying of Hadith and Quran about moonsighting . Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when you see moon then fast or do not see the moon do not fast dr naik give Hadith and Quran detail . Please do not misguide Muslims . Go right way announce now.jazakallah

  • Mohammed

    What if you run a community yourself, why won’t you help?

  • leena yabooh

    Who is ICNA? Big deal!!!
    What is the position of NCIA? INCA? GHIW?
    A group of people like any other, may be worse, or better.