*New videos from Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad at the bottom of this post
Retread from last year
Out of all the symbols that Muslims could have chosen to symbolize the unity of Islam, it is indeed ironic that they chose the crescent, which for many signifies the greatest manifestation of division amongst Muslims, at least in Western lands!
Yes, it's that time of the year again when brothers and sisters frantically begin calling family and friends, asking, “What did Shaykh so-and-so say?” and “Did they see the moon yet?” and, the single most effective question that seals the fate of one's own fast, “What are YOU going to do?” In this post, I don't want to go into a detailed tangent regarding which opinion is 'correct' or not, but rather lay out some of the issues surrounding the controversy, and offer some practical advice.
The precise conditions required to sight a credible hilaal is just one of the many hundreds and thousands of issues of fiqh that our scholars have differed over, since the time of the Companions. And, in the multi-madhab milieu of
But why is there such a controversy in the first place?
Moon Sighting: A Clarification…Part 1
Moon Sighting: A Clarification…Part 2
Moon Sighting: A Clarification…Part 3
Moon Sighting: A Clarification…Part 4
Moon Sighting: A Clarification…Part 5
Moon Sighting: A Clarification…Part 6
Moon Sighting: A Clarification…Part 7