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June 21st, 2017

If the public can seen the new moon, what will the Ruyat-i Hilal committee do?

Scientific data relating to the movement of the moon shows that on Saturday 24 June (2017), at local sunset time around the world, the new moon will be easily visible in a few countries near the equator on the western side of South America. It is also likely to be visible to the human eye in other parts of the American continent south of latitude 30 deg N., and possibly also in a south-western strip of Africa, but not elsewhere in the world.

As a result of countries just missing out on having the moon visible on Saturday, it means that on Sunday, at local sunset, it will be very easily visible everywhere in the world.

Sunday in Pakistan is the 29th Ramadan. According to the official system there, the moon sighting committee will meet to receive and consider reports of sighting and whether to accept them. But if, as it appears very likely, the general population would be able to see the new moon, what should they do while the Ruyat-i Hilal committee is still deliberating? Should they believe their eyes or not?

Once there was a well-known Muslim religious leader whose followers obeyed him so implicitly that some of them said: If we see our leader committing an un-Islamic act with our own eyes, we will say that our eyes are deceiving us. On that principle, the general public in Pakistan could say: We won't believe our eyes until the Ruyat-i Hilal tells us to believe them!

Zahid Aziz

One Response to “If the public can seen the new moon, what will the Ruyat-i Hilal committee do?”

  1. June 21st, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    From Rashid Jahangiri:

    @ Dr. Zahid Aziz,

    You wrote: "Once there was a well-known Muslim religious leader ……"

    I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH YOU.  That person was NOT a Muslim. According to late Abdul Mannan Omar sahib that person was DEHRIA (atheist) even worse than  an atheist as he had NO morals and NO respect for sacred relations ….. Still if someone is wondering who was that person? Here is the answer: He was Qadiani Khalifa 2 Mirza Mehmood Ahmad, the so called "Musleh Mahud" of Mehmoodies.  If someone disagrees with me, i suggest him to read Paigham-e-Sulah issue August 18, 1937 pages 5 and 6. Page 5 has Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali sahib letter # 6 on character of QK2 Mirza Mehmood Ahmad and page 6 has news report on last day of  Shaheed Fakhar-ud-Din Multani sahib. He was martyred by a Mehmoodi for questioning immoral character of QK2. Please read what the martyred said in his last moments of his earthly life. Also read how Mehmoodies treated him and his family.

    My this post is especially for Lahori-Ahmadi brothers and sisters.

    Happy Eid Mubarik to all readers.

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