Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ramadaan 1429 - Moon Sightings for Eid

The Astronomical New Moon is on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 8:12 GMT, 4:12 am EDT, 1:12 am PDT). It will not be visible on September 29 except small possibility in Polynesian Islands. On Tuesday, September 30, it will be visible in New Zealand Australia, Indonesia, South Asia, Africa and Americas. In North America on September 30, it can be seen in Southern belt states. So, Eid-ul-Fitr is expected on Wednesday, October 1, most of the world, Inshallah. Also, according to Saudi Ummul-Qura calendar, Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Shawwal is on Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

In UK moon cannot be sighted on Sep 29 or Sep 30, 2008. Sighting in UK could only be on October 1. However a new Fatawa from Deoband, India, is that even if moon is seen in as far south as South Africa, UK will accept that sighting. According to this criterion Eid in UK will be on October 1, Inshallah, because the moon should be easily visible in Australia and South Africa on September 30.

In Pakistan, moon may not be seen on September 30, except by high powered telescope. So, Eid in Pakistan is expected to be on October 2, 2008.

Sighting Reports

September 29, 2008 (Monday):

No sighting reports are expected, because we hardly get any sighting reports from Polynesian Island or South America.

September 30, 2008 (Tuesday)


Sumari Hassan said...

Eid Mubarak. Apparently the moon was sighted in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria and other countries... thus Today, Sep 30 2008 corresponds to 1 Shawal 1429 (the first day of Eid)

Anonymous said...

I dont understand if mostly everyone says that the moon cannot be sighted that it is impossible to be seen how can it have been sighted in saudi arabia and how do we no of its authenticity

abdullah khan said...

Why are people so upset with different times of IDD.
If the imamams and other leaders could see the beauty of the moon sighting they can relate that Idd is fun to be celebrated at different times and places. Just like sun does not rise at the same time. This is the mode of our unity as it explains symbolicaly the diversity of the UMMAH

naeem said...

May Allah this occasion flood your life with happiness, ur heart with love,ur soul with spirtual, ur mind with wisdom, wishing u a very Happy Eid Mubarik