New Moon Sighting Portal Launched

October 19, 2006

Good News!

A new moon sighting portal has been launched.

Check it out:

From their about us page:

 We firmly believe that physically sighting the crescent moon as the basis for beginning the lunar month is established by the Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace), and has been the position of the overwhelming majority of Islamic scholarship to this day. Hilalbase has therefore been established to provide a much needed resource on authentic moon sighting information for various Muslim communities.

I’m currently serving on the Hilalbase team. We have several top ulama on our board and an increasing number of masjids are registering on Hilalbase every day. Please remember us in your dua’s.

Whether you need to find a masjid in your area which follows the traditional moon sighting method or scientific data on moon sightability (for e.g. the moon visibility curve for Eid ul-Fitr this year – 1st of Shawwal 1427), is the place to go! Hilalbase will also provide the Islamic Hijri date in North America.


The countdown begins

October 11, 2006

I think the ISNA decision is backfiring on them. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s monumental response dealt a severe blow to their initiative. I’m usually not this optimistic but I think there is a chance of actual sustainable unity in the light of these events if smart / tactical decisions are made. In a few days, the community will witness a launch of a new moon sighting initiative which will potentially bring some closure to this issue. Stay tuned.

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Going out to sight the crescent moon

October 11, 2006

How many people do we know who actually make an effort of going out to sight the moon? I’ve been thinking about this lately and I have a feeling we somehow rely on these “people” to be “out there” searching for the moon on the 29th of every month. Who are these people? Where are they? Why isn’t there any organized effort to carry out this important task? I’ve been thinking about all these things and I think if we had the “spirit of moon sighting” in us maybe we wouldn’t have all these “moon fighting” issues in the first place. Lets face it, a lot of our instituitions are run by folks who come from countries where the government usually carries out this function. We simple don’t have the “hilal watching” spirit in us. I’m not sure who we’re waiting for or what we’re waiting for. I hope the latest flawed ISNA iniative to deal with the moon sighting issue wakes us up.

Would you be willing to committ yourself for going out to physically sight the crescent moon on the 29th of each month?

Note: Ofcourse there are certain fiqh issues as well to all this such as the requirement of male witnesses, the number of witnesses and other requirements . Its not my intent to delve into those issues rather I’m interested in the importance we give to this activity.  If we have the spirit than Insha’allah the detalis can be dealt with the assistance of our ulama.