4.5 Ikhtilaaf AlMatale is applicable to all 12 months, including Dhul-Hijja (Eidul Adha)
Having had a chance Alhamdulillaah to personally meet Sheikh AlOthaimeen in Unayzah, Saudi Arabia, I asked him about Muslims worldwide following Saudi announcement for start of Dhul-Hijja for Eidul Adha. He mentioned that all 12 months follow the same ruling, and there was no exception for DhulHijja. He advocated Ikhtilaaf AlMataale for all 12 months. Attached is the Fatwa he gave on this.
Respected Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh AlOthaimeen, May Allaah protect you.
AsSalaamu Alaykum waRahmatullahi waBarakatuh.
We have observed the Fatwa from your respected self, in the book “Fatawa Islamiya” relating that the sighting of Hilaal in one country does not obligate all other countries to abide by (it’s date). Is this also applicable to Hilaal sighting for EidUlAdha (month of DhulHijja)?
Please benefit us (explain to us). May Allaah (سبحانه و تعالى) reward you.
Jazakum Allahu Khayr AlJaza
Wa Alaykum AsSalaam waRahmatullahi waBarakatuh.
For Hilaal the Matale (sighting) are different from one place to other – for Ramadaan as well as other months. The same rule for Hilaal applies for all the months. However I view that the people should agree on one thing, and follow the resolution of the Ameer of the Islamic society in their non-Muslim countries. Since this matter is wide (multiple views) Insha’Allaah. i.e. some scholars say: once the sighting of Hilaal is confirmed in any one Islamic country or state, it obligates all Muslims in all Islamic states to abide by (its date).
This is written by:
Muhammad bin Saleh AlOthaimeen on 15/02/1421H (19/5/2000G)