Moonsighting and Calendar
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DO WE FOLLOW THE DECISIONS OF MUSLIMS OR NO MUSLIMS? ...with Shaykh Yaqub I said to him, `Maulana you reject Saudi Hilal decision on the base of calculations, that is wrong`` ,you must create Observatory experts from among Muslim. Until then don't even mention Observatory calculations. But  according to my knowledge, till now there is not a single Muslim Scholar expert in this field. Shaykh Samiruddin came recently, and I asked him too. He also admitted that he has no knowledge of Hilal Calculations. He also uses and relies totally on [non-Muslims] Observatory calculations. I say - You have no right to reject Saudi Hilal decisions by using Kafirs' Observatory figures. I don't believe it when you falsify Saudi Hilal Decisions on the basis of Kafirs' hisab. There is one Observatory expert, Prof. Ilyas from Meerut, who is a Professor in Malyasia. He has written a book on Moon sighting. I asked him – Do you have knowledge of Moon movements, positions, degrees, etc. He said – yes. I asked – Can you format a Hilal calendar from that knowledge. He said – No. I asked – Why. He said; ‘The moon has a unique / unusual movement pattern. It moves, lags behind, stops, starts moving again, then disappears. So I remembered the verse of Quraan – Laa uqsimu bil khunnasil jawaaril kunnas –I swear by the star that lags behind, stops, restarts regular movement, and disappears. You can format a calendar based on birth of new Moon, but not on sighting probability. Those people who go behind Observatory calculations to judge Hilal decisions are not correct , this is not trustworthy. [Mufti Saeed Ahmed Palanpuri]
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