السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
It’s Saturday 9th October 2021/3 Rabī’ ul-Awwal 1443 Hijri.
Let’s get a Rabī’ ul-Awwal Moon Sighting – Update today.
The start of this very blessed month of Rabī’ ul-Awwal is promising, مَا شَآءَ الله. The CMSC, WU and the Barēlwī ‘Ulamā all started the month of Rabī’ ul-Awwal on Friday 8th October, .مَا شَآءَ الله The NCS are the only exception.
Similar to previous months, they had sighters all across the UK, with one very keen brother making a 800 mile round journey from Bolton, all the way down to Cornwall, to try and sight the crescent. What zeal and passion, سُبْحَانَ الله. However, it was not to be and, as the moon was not sighted locally, they completed 30 days of Safar, exactly in accordance with the Ḥadīth and the Sunnah method.
Although not necessary, large numbers of Muslims also went out on Friday night, and took some magnificent photos of the new crescent. In today’s world of technology, everything is available to view online.
So what has changed this year so far? We are into the 3rd month of the Islamic Calendar. For people like me who are following the CMSC, it is really pleasing that the CMSC has not followed the Umm ul-Qura calendar for Muḥarram and Rabī’ ul-Awwal.
They have followed the actual ru’yat annoucement made by the Saudi authorities. Although the CMSC has not provided any evidence on either occasion, Saudi websites have reported the actual announcements.
I would like to take this opportunity to request the CMSC, to produce the official actual Moon Sighting testimony every month. Without this, we have no choice but to conclude that they are making us follow the Umm ul-Qura calendar and not actual ru’yat.
Almighty Allāh unite us all on the issue of Moon Sighting so that we can observe all our 12 months with unity, Āmeen.
May The Almighty unite the Muslims of the UK on the issue of Moon Sighting and bless us all with the correct guidance, Āmeen.
جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
Request for Du’ās
وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala