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June 6th, 2019

The claimed Saudi Arab sighting of the new moon — a newspaper story

Around the last weekend I had read by chance in a local online UK newspaper, Birmingham Mail, speculation about the date of Eid-ul-Fitr. In this connection they displayed a table showing that on Monday 3rd June the new moon would not be visible in Makkah, Rabat the capitlal of Morocco, or various UK cities. (Note: Makkah and Morocco were listed because Muslims in UK follow moon sighting reports from these places, Makkah for obvious reasons, and Morocco because of being the nearest Muslim country.)

When Monday 3rd June came, the same online newspaper published the following news: “The date of Eid al-Fitr 2019 has been confirmed after a sighting of the first crescent of the new moon.The moon was seen at Mecca in Saudia Arabia on Monday, June 3, which is the 29th day of the holy month of Ramadan.”

On this, I e-mailed the reporter and said that this sighting was astronomically impossible, and in proof of this I referred them to the earlier story in their own newspaper (!), as well as other sources. I thought this would be the end of the matter, but the newspaper decided to publish a story based on this, to which I of course readily agreed. In fact, they published two items on this, the links to which are: item 1 and item 2.

I had hardly recovered from seeing my name in these items that a relation let me know that it had been picked up by Apple News from the UK national newspaper the Daily Express. See link.

I will let you read these yourselves, rather than summarising them.

— Zahid Aziz

Addendum to the above:

Here is a news item from The Economist, London, 8 June 2019, about moon sighting and that the Saudi Arab sighting was not accepted in some countries of the Middle East.

Here is a news item from the Urdu Daily Ummat, Karachi, 8 June 2019, about the error in the Saudi Arab announcement.

June 5th, 2019

Eid-ul-Fitr Khutbah at Lahore Ahmadiyya UK centre, 5 June 2019

Here is a link to my Eid-ul-Fitr khutbah of today in London.

— Zahid Aziz

June 5th, 2019

Eid-ul-Fitr prayers held in Middle East and parts of Europe even before moon was sighted anywhere in the world

A well-known Muslim astronomical and moon sighting website carries the report that the first sighting of the moon anywhere in the world was in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday 4 June. This would be at 5.00 pm, local sunset time. That corresponds to Tuesday 4 June, 10 am in Makkah, 9 am in Europe and 8 am in UK. See:

https://www.moonsighting.com/1440shw.html

It was announced from Saudi Arabia on the evening of Monday 3 June that the moon had been sighted. Due to this false announcement, most people in Saudi Arabia and many people in Europe and UK had already said their Eid prayers on Tuesday 4 June even before the new moon was sighted anywhere in the world.

— Zahid Aziz

June 3rd, 2019

Eid-ul-Fitr message by Dr A.K. Saeed, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement

Here is the Eid-ul-Fitr Message, June 2019, of Hazrat Ameer Dr A.K. Saeed, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.

June 3rd, 2019

Ramadan 2019

Welcome to the Ramadan Daily Quran Studies for 2019

(Note: Any new posts during Ramadan will be filed below this post.)

As an introduction, here is a short article (English translation / Urdu original) by Maulana Muhammad Ali containing some humble prayers, which he published for the Ramadan of the year 1948.

  • Fast 1 — Fasting
  • Fast 2 — Fasting: Its purposes
  • Fast 3 — Fasting: Developing good qualities
  • Fast 4 — Fasting: The month of Ramadan
  • Fast 5 — Fasting: Further information
  • Fast 6 — Prophets Isaiah and Buddha
  • Fast 7 — The Quran: called an honoured book and a guide right at the beginning
  • Fast 8 — The Quran: “No doubt” in the Quran
  • Fast 9 — The Quran: “No doubt” in the Quran — the challenge of the Quran
  • Fast 10 — The Quran is for all times
  • Fast 11 — The Quran as a guide
  • Fast 12 — Guidance for those who make efforts
  • Fast 13 — Having belief requires knowledge
  • Fast 14 — Another verse sheds more light
  • Fast 15 — Belief in the Unseen
  • Fast 16 — The Unseen
  • Fast 17 — Prayer
  • Fast 18 — Prayer (continued)
  • Fast 19 — Prayer (continued)
  • Fast 20 — Night prayers and simple life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
  • Fast 21 — Heart-felt nature of prayers in Islam
  • Fast 22 — Other fundamentals of Islam, and charity
  • Fast 23 — Charity (continued)
  • Fast 24 — Charity (continued)
  • Fast 25 — Submission to God and service of humanity as the fundamentals of Islam
  • Fast 26 — Only the principles of religion bear fruit — not desires or labels
  • Fast 27 — Belief in all earlier revelation
  • Fast 28 — Belief in all earlier revelation and prophets of all nations
  • Fast 29 — Some miscellaneous points for consideration
  • Fast 30 — Conclusion to Chapter 2 of the Quran

Thanks to Allah for passing us through another month of Ramadan. May He keep us safe and well over the next year, ameen. Eid Mubarak to all readers!

May 6th, 2019

Looking for Ramadan new moon in Saudi Arabia — before it’s born!

I refer to this news item in the Khaleej Times of the UAE:

According to it:

“Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court had called on its citizens and residents to inform the nearest court if they spot the Ramadan crescent with the naked eye or through binoculars on Saturday, May 4.”

This is quite absurd because the time of the birth of the moon was already known astronomically to be Sunday, May 5th 2019 at 1.47 am Saudi Arabian time (just after midnight).

This fact, commonly available on moon data websites, must have been known to the authorities of Saudi Arabia when they asked people to look for the lunar crescent on the evening of Saturday, May 4th.

So how could they think that someone might sight the moon on Saturday evening!

— Zahid Aziz

March 30th, 2019

Friday Khutba on New Zealand mosque killings by Head of Lahore Ahmadiyya Dr A.K. Saeed

Above you can listen to the audio of the Friday Khutba delivered in Lahore on 22 March 2019 (in Urdu) by the Head of Lahore Ahmadiyya Hazrat Ameer Dr A.K. Saeed on the mosque killings in New Zealand. Early in his medical career, he had himself worked as a doctor in New Zealand hospitals for five years.

March 29th, 2019

Latest on renovation of the Berlin Mosque

Here is a brief video presentation made in February 2019 in Urdu by the Imam of the historic Mosque in Berlin (Germany), Amir Aziz, about the latest renovation of this 90 year old building and its history.

January 2nd, 2019

Slide show talk in Urdu: Did the Holy Prophet Muhammad punish those who “insulted” him?

At this link you can hear my talk in Urdu, with accompanying slides in Urdu, which largely relates to a dispute between a Jew and a Muslim about who was superior: Moses or the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and the Holy Prophet’s judgment on the dispute.

— Zahid Aziz

December 8th, 2018

Message from a Muslim in Portugal

A message was received at one of our websites on 5 December 2018 from a Muslim brother in Portugal, which we reproduce below with his permission.


I am a Twelver Shia Sufi Muslim. I am also an Islamic scholar and researcher of Islam and its sciences. I am also a researcher of Christianity, Hinduism, world history, international politics, and Neoplatonic Philosophy.

But I am first and foremost a Muslim, a true monotheist, and I do not ascribe partners to Allah Ta’ala.

And my sole authority is the Holy Quran, though I accept those Hadeeth attributed to Prophet Muhammad that match with the Book of Allah, Subhana-hu wa Ta’ala.

Now, the purpose of this letter is just to salute you and commend you. I consider you as 100% Muslims and it would be an honour to perform Salah behind an Imam of yours and to eat meat slaughtered by you.

I know with some degree of certainty the differences between your Movement, the Lahore Ahmadiyyah Movement (LAM), and the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community (AMC).

You believe, like the Sunnis and the Shias, that Muhammad (saw) is the last Prophet sent by Allah Tabarak wa Ta’ala to all Mankind and so you belong to Mainstream Islam.

Regarding the AMC, they believe that Muhammad (saw) is the final Law-giving Prophet, the final major Prophet and the final Messenger. But they believe in the possibility of very small prophets belonging from the Muslim Ummah, who are totally submitted to the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad. These very small prophets they call “Ummati Nabi”.

Though I reject the AMC’s concept of “Ummati Nabi”, I also consider them as Muslims, and I would have no problem to pray behind them and to eat the meat they slaughter.

My justification for accepting the AMC as Muslims is the following:

If we were to consider the AMC as non-Muslims because they believe in the false concept of “Ummati Nabi”, then we would have to consider the Wahhabis as apostates and mushrik because they wrongly ascribe to Almighty Allah, hands, feet, face, and so on, while Allah is neither matter nor spirit, being totally transcendent, transcending even His Holy Names.

But I consider the Wahhabis as Muslims and I even pray behind them and eat the meat they slaughter, although here in Portugal the Wahhabi Community is almost non-existent.

The problem of nowadays Muslims is that they do not respect the minor differences each Muslim group has! Respecting these minor differences does not mean that one has to agree with these differences! One may disagree with them but we must respect them. And this has to be done peacefully.

I have some beliefs that are shared with you, and I have some beliefs which you may not share with me. These are:

— The correct punishment for Zina is 100 lashes, as prescribed by Surah An-Nur. In Islam, there was not, there is not, and there will never be, stoning to death.

— The Arabic Quran we have, including the zabar, zer, pesh, is the same Arabic Quran Prophet Muhammad left. This is clearly stated in Surah 75. Rasul-ullah (saw) left the Arabic Quran we have now, in written form, many months before his demise. So I dismiss completely those false theories that say that it was first Abu Bakr and then Uthman who collected the Quran! Prophet Muhammad wrote himself the Arabic Quran we have now under the guidance of Angel Gabriel (as), and he had a committee of scribes who, under the Prophet’s instructions, also wrote the Quran. Whenever Gabriel (as) brought a new revelation, he (as) would tell the Prophet (saw) where should it be placed in the written Quran. And when the revelation of the Quran ended, Gabriel (as) taught Muhammad (saw) the proper compilation of the Quran. So, one or two years before the demise of Muhammad (saw), the Arabic Quran was already in official written form. Narrations tell us that Prophet Muhammad placed one copy of the written Quran in his Masjid, so every Muslim could copy from it.

— The Holy Quran was revealed in the Arabic Language. Allah Tabarak wa Ta’ala explained in detail in the Holy Quran why He, the Only Reality, revealed His Book in Arabic. Our Master Muhammad (saw) knew only this language, and prior to the revelation, he could neither read nor write. But the purpose of the Holy Quran is for It to be properly translated into the languages of the world, so both Arabs and non-Arabs can have equal access to the Book of Allah Ta’ala. One who reads the Arabic Quran, without understanding Arabic, is performing a very good deed because he is reading the Word of Allah Ta’ala. But one who reads a good translation of the Holy Quran in one’s mother tongue is performing by far a more valuable deed than the one who reads in Arabic without understanding it. Because the purpose of the Quran is to be a message to all Mankind and Jinn. And in order for the Quran to reach all Mankind, it has to be properly translated. Muhammad (saw) himself gave the example when, after the Quran was complete, he ordered Salman Farsi to translate the whole Quran to Persian. Salman did so and Rasul-ullah (saw) approved his translation. During Islamic history, many Awliya-allah supported the reading of the translation of the Quran in one’s mother tongue. Some of them are Rumi, Shah Waliullah Dehlavi and Allama Iqbal.

Now, I would like to know what is your view on Tasawwuf and on Wahdatal Wujud.

I end this letter by saying that this is a letter of support for your group even though we have minor differences of opinion.

Sufi Riaz Ali Carmali.