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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

I live in Leeds ‏[ NT1 ‏] a British city, where we
face an issue. The Shaykh of our Masjid
(Mosque) says that we follow the European
Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) in
fasting Ramadan and determining the first
day of the ‘Eed. This year, however, he
suddenly decided that he will not follow ECFR
and we do not know which authority he will
follow. He has stated that next Tuesday will
be the first day of ‘ Eed, though most of the
Muslim and Arab countries consider next
Wednesday the first day of ‘Eed. Should we
observe fasting on Tuesday or not? It should
be taken into consideration that we perform
the Friday Prayer as well as other prayers in
that Masjid . Please advise - thank you very
much!

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

The majority of scholars are of the view
that the difference in moon sighting
(between countries) should not be taken into
account), which means that when the
crescent of Ramadan is seen in a country, all
Muslims worldwide are required to observe
fasting accordingly. However, the Shaafi‘i as
well as some of the Hanafi scholars are of
the view that Muslims in each country
or territory have their own sighting and are
not obliged to fast according to the sighting
of another country. The latter is the more
preponderant view that we adopt here in
Islamweb.
Consequently, if there exists a reliable
council or authority responsible for crescent
sighting and it sees it, then all those who live
in that country will be required to act
accordingly in terms of observing and
breaking fasting. This is proved when a
trustworthy person testifies to seeing the
crescent of Ramadan and when two
trustworthy persons testify to seeing the
crescent of the ‘Eed. If the crescent is not
seen in your country, though it was seen in
another country, you can act according to
the opinion of the majority of scholars by
observing and breaking fasting according to
other Muslim countries. Also, you can act
according to the other opinion which, from
our point of view, is the preponderant
opinion.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/169911/ramadans-crescent-sighting-by-a-reliable-authority

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