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POLICIES ADOPTED IN BRITAIN BY MUSLIMS IN CELEBRATING ISLAMIC FESTIVALS
Why is there a difference in sighting the moon crescent?
Muslim and non Muslim astronomers and Muslim scholars have discussed in detail the problems associated in sighting the crescent and numerous conferences have taken place in the UK, U.S.A and certain Muslim countries regarding this issue. A number of formulae or policies have been adopted of which nine are at present being acted upon by the majority of the Muslim population in the UK.
These are described below :-
(1) If any authentic news of the crescent sighting is received from UK or any Muslim country, then it will be acceptable for the next day to be the 1st of the next Islamic month. (This statement is not based on observatory information, due to disbelief in observatory, but the crescent is only seen with the naked eye -- stated by Maulana Muhummed Yaqub Miftahi, Central Moon Sighting Committee of Great Britain, London (formaly lived in Blackburn), U.K) To read more and full article please visit www.aslam21c.com.
A number of Mosques in the UK are applying this formula. It is based on an argument that the prophet (messenger) S.W.W. asked us not to use "Hisab" (calculation) for checking the authenticity of claims. Taking into consideration another saying of Prophet S.W.W. some Muslim scholars have solved the problem by stating that if authentic news of crescent sighting from one place reaches the people of another place then it will be compulsory for them to act on it. Similarly, If the crescent is sighted in the east then it will become compulsory in the west to act upon it and vice versa.