Those who insist on seeing the hilaal on the West in order to start the new month turnup with unwarranted objection that Ramdhaan should be started only after seeing the hilaal with naked eye. But, Almighty Allah says that it is possible to know in advance the start of lunar months:
Noble Quran 10:5: “It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out its (their) stages, that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allah did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for people who have knowledge”.
Moreover, it was in 2 H, fasting in Ramdhaan was made mandatory. Till Prophet's (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) wafaath, he (SAW) started nine Ramdhaans. During these nine occasions, there is no authentic hadeeth which says that he (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) has ever went in search
of the hilaal at Magrib or asked the Sahaba (RA) to do so. None, who insist on seeing the hilaal with naked eye in order to start the new month, has so far produced any such hadeeths.
It is reported in Bukhari 2015 that a few Sahaba (RA) dreamt about Lailathul Qadr and when Prophet (Sallallaahu alaih wa
sallam) was informed, he (SAW) said that since their (RA) dream matched with the last 7 days of Ramdhaan, asked them to search Lailathul Qadr among the last 7 days.
Just think over: No one among the Sahaba (RA) asked Prophet (SAW) whether last 7 days means from "23 to 29" or from "24 to 30" ?? Whereas, the majority of Muslims are not even sure whether the last day is the present day or the following day !!!!
Is this the Sunnah???
More over in Bukhari, it is reported that no one should fast on the day before the first of Ramdhaan as well as the previous day (ie., the last two days of Sha'baan) except those who are regularly fasting on these days. This hadeeth clearly states that the Sahaba (RA) were aware, in advance, which were the
last 2 days of Sha'baan.
Can the Jamaaths who start the month of Ramdhaan only after seeing the hilaal with naked eye, intimate, in advance, which are the last 2 days of Sha'baan ??? If they cannot, then how can they claim that they are following Sunnah ??? Islam has solutions to all the problems which a Muslim faces till
the Day of Qiyaamath and it includes the calendar too.
The majority of Muslims are neither looking for the Hijri calendar nor studying about it, but simply following the erroneous Gregorian calendar which has months bearing the names of Greek god & goddesses and which has months with 28 as well as 31 days. Is it correct ??? Think over.
Noble Quran days: 2:120 “Never will the Jews or the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him) till you follow their religion. Say: "Verily, the Guidance of Allah (ie. Islamic Monotheism) that is the (only) Guidance. And if you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him) were to follow their (Jews and Christians) desires after what you have received of Knowledge (ie the Quran), then you would have against Allah neither any Wali (protector or guardian) nor any helper”.
Noble Quran 48:28 “He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) with guidance and the religion of truth(Islam), that He may make it (Islam) superior over all religians. And All Sufficient is Allah as a Witness”.
Noble Quran 61:9 "He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) with quidance and the religion of truth (Islamic Monotheism) to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger Muhammed SAW) hate (it)”.
Almighty Allah, through His Messenger (SAW) has taught us solutions to all, we repeat ALL problems. HE, the Almighty did not leave us with empty hands with regard to Calendar too. Nor, He the Almighty instructed us to follow the Christian calendar. Those who think so must ponder over the state of their belief.
One must also remember that when one uses Gregorian Calendar, one agrees that it is either BC or AD. AD means "Anno Domini" which is Medieval Latin, translated as "In the
year of the Lord, and as in the year of Our Lord"
It is sometimes specified more fully as Anno Domini Nostri lesu (Jesu) Christi ("In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ"). Can a Muslim knowingly or unknowingly accept Jesus (PBUH) as the Lord ??? Do not they realize that such a statement amounts to SHIRK, the grievous sin which Almighty Allah will never forgive?? Does Islam accepts Hijri Lunar calendar or Solar Christian calendar ??
Many would have now agreed that Islam prescribes only Hijri Lunar calendar and that there should be only one date for a week day, for the whole world.
Hence, all are requested to study the Quran verses and authentic hadeeeth which teach us about Hijri calendar and to follow Almighty Allah's calendar for the success in this world as well as in the hereafter. The basic concept in making True Hijri Calendar is to consider the Universal Day in which Conjunction takes place as the last day of the month and to start the new month at Fajr on the following Universal Day, irrespective of the time of Conjunction and/or Sunset
Moonset difference at Makkah or elsewhere.
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