Advice: Start of Shawwal 1438 from Monday 26 June 2017, Insha-Allah.[Read more]
When is Eid-ul Fitr 1438 and Is it Sunnah to use Crescent Visibility Maps?
The crescent visibility maps on ICOUK website shows that on Saturday 24h June 2017, the Shawwal 1438 AH crescent moon (Hilal) will not be possible to be sighted in the UK/Morocco region by the naked eye (RGO/Yallop Code F). However, many people will be looking for the Shawwal Hilal on that date (29th Ramadan) [Read more]
Lead Hilal Observers from UK Regions
The 1st day's crescent moon (Hilal) for Ramadan/Eid is slowly moving towards the northern hemisphere and it will be easily visible on the UK horizon from next year (1439 AH/2018 CE), inshaAllah. If you feel you can spare about 2 hours a month (ie. under 5 minutes/day) to revive the Sunnah of Moon Sighting in your area, please reply to this message. [Read more]
We wish to inform all our ICOUK members that the scholars of Darul Uloom Bury have not changed their moon sighting position from following [only] Saudi Arabia over past 30 years and do not examine the accuracy/validity of reports required by Shariah. And, since their students are the Imams of many UK Mosques, the division/split at Ramadan and two Eids continues year-after-year on an ongoing basis. [Read more]
Letter to Hazrat Maulana Yusuf Motala Sahib (حفظه الله), Darul Uloom Bury [Read more]
Many thanks to all our website visitors and supporters for your anonymous survey votes on the Regional Moon Sighting Criteria for the UK. The overwhelming majority of you have supported it (94% Yes / 6% No votes). JazakAllahu Khairan for your time. [Read more]
Fatwa Supporting Regional Moon Sighting Criteria"To abandon a close country’s sightings and to accept Saudi’s sighting, is in contradiction with the principles of Fiqh”, Fatwa by Darul Uloom Deoband, Mazahirul Uloom, Jamia Islamia Taleemud Deen and many others [Read more, pdf] [Urdu/اردو]
Moon Sighting by Shaykh Mohammed Ibrahim Memon
This paper/fatwa discusses the different moon sighting criteria, including: Astronomical Calculations, Universal Moon Sighting, Following Saudi Arabia, Following Saudi Arabia for Dhul-Hijjah Only, Local Sighting for All Months and then concludes with the one that has the strongest evidences from the Shariah [Read more]
Solar eclipse proves the inaccuracy of the Saudi Ummul Qura calendar
On Sunday 3rd November 2013 there was a total solar eclipse in Africa and a partial one in the Middle East, where many thousands of people witnessed the birth of the moon by the human eye, without relying on astronomical calculations. This proved beyond any doubt that the Saudi Ummul Qura calendar does not match the visibility of the moon! [Read more]
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