Is testimony in odds with observatory calculations acceptable according to Shariah?

November 7, 2006

Earlier this year (2006), the prestigious institute, Darul Uloom Karachi issued a ruling in regards to issues being faced by the Muslim community in England on moon sighting, much like the community in North America. The interesting part of the ruling is where the author references another ruling of Mufti Rafi Usmani (President of Darul Uloom Karachi, brother of Mufti Taqi Usmani) in regards to the question of accepting the testimony of witnesses in moon sighting when astronomical calculations (which are prone to error) do not support them.

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