12. Letter to all brethren dated 27-01-2002 urging the brethren to observe the Arafah day on 9th of Zul Hijjah (21-02-2002). As there is no objection in Islamic Shariah in fixing our schedule in advance it will be good to fix the date of the Eid ul Adha 1422 without putting the common man into embarrassment due to our meaningless disputes.
Addressed to all Brethren
Dear Brother in Islam
Assalamu alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuhu,
Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Wassalatu Wasslalaamu alaa Rasoolihil Kareem wa alaa aalihi wasahbihee ajmaeen walhamdu lillahi rabbil aalameen.
Youmul Arafat falls on Thursday (21-02-2002AD)
Please send this important message to all and try to get answers to the following questions. I am giving a few addresses below. Let not the Muslims commit the mistake of celebrating the Eid on different days, which is forbidden once again. Please do not keep silent. All of us are responsible to Allah (swt).
1. Do the Ulema argue that Islam has no calendar?
2. Is the Hijra Calendar baseless, unpredictable and impracticable in the use of our day-to-day life in this world?
3. Is the Hijra Calendar inferior to the other calendars that exist in the world today?
4. Can the Muslims adopt the Gregorian calendar and use the Gregorian dates, which have no connection with the moon?
5. Can a child be born on two or three dates, in other words can a month begin on two or three days? For example: Shawwal first on Saturday, Shawwal first on Sunday and Shawwal first on Monday?
6. The Prophet Muhammed (saw) was born on Monday the 12th of Rabiul Awwal 53 years before Hijrat and passed away on Monday the12th of Rabiul Awwal in the 11th year of Hijrat according to the calendar used in Arabia at that time. What is the span of the Prophet’s life?
7. What is the use of the eclipses for the people? What do they indicate?
8. What is the scientific measure (29 or 30) of Ramadan of 1422H? - From what day to what day?
9. What day is the first of Zul Hajj1422H?
10. Is there is any objection in the Islamic Shariah in fixing our programs in advance? Should we wait till we see the Hilal on the 29th? Can we not fix the day of Eidul Adha 1422H in advance. Should we put the common man into embarrassment due to our meaningless disputes over the dates?
Even the laymen could fix it without any difficulty if they spend some time for watching the moon. Please observe the moon according to the following instructions:
By observing the phases of the moon for the last month we knew that Zul Qaid began on Monday. The first of Zul Qaid falling on Monday was confirmed by the observation of the first quarter on the 7th and 8th, that is on Sunday and Monday evening at the sunset.
It can easily be understood that the day on which the first falls would be the 29th of the month on which the Hilal for the next month should be looked for. If the Hilal is known to be present on the 29th then the next month begins on the next day. If not 30 days must be completed and the month begins irrespective of the Hilal as per the instructions of the Prophet (saw).
When a month has 29 days the full moon would occur between 14th and 15th and when a month has 30 days it would occur between 15th and 16th. This can be noticed by observing the full moon during which the sunset and the moonrise would occur almost at the same time. By experience one can easily know whether the month would end in 29 or 30, even at the first quarter.
Now the third observation comes during the last quarter. We know that the first was Monday. We should observe the waning Hilal early in the morning. On Monday morning (the 22nd ) you would see the moon in the gibbous form. It has not yet become a crescent (Hilal). Again look at the moon on Tuesday morning before sunrise. You would see that it is almost half and overhead. Again observe it on Wednesday morning. Now you would see that it has attained the form of Hilal with well-developed horns. This day (Wednesday) would be the first of the next month.
You can confirm this again at the last stage of the course of the moon. Look for the old Hilal early in the morning on Monday the 29th of Zul Qaid. You will see the last visible Hilal of the month rising about an hour before the sunrise. If the month has 29days, then you would not see it. You cannot see the Hilal on the last day of the month. Observe again on Tuesday morning. You will not be able to see the Hilal even though it would rise before the sun. The moon would overtake the Sun in the course of Tuesday and appear in the western horizon. But you would not be able to see the hilal due to its proximity to the Sun. This is the last day of the month. We have already completed 30 days for the month. The next day (Wednesday) is undoubtedly the first of Zul Hajj. If the first is Wednesday the Arafat the ninth of Zul Hajj will be Thursday. If you practice this you will not have confusion about the Islamic dates, which are shown to us every day by the changing phases of the moon. Allah (swt) has provided all this for us to cross check our dates but we are quarrelling over our dates without realizing the facts.
Please treat this as a very important matter and give me an immediate reply.
May Allah (swt) reward you for the good action!
Your Brother in Islam,