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Assalamolaikum I would like to ask what is the position of shariah with regards to sighting the hilal just before sunset as according to astronomers a crescent can at times be sighted by naked eye before the sun sets. Is it valid if sighted before sunset to determine the new month? or is it necessary to sight it after sunset?

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Assalamolaikum I would like to ask what is the position of shariah with regards to sighting the hilal just before sunset as according to astronomers a crescent can at times be sighted by naked eye before the sun sets. Is it valid if sighted before sunset to determine the new month? or is it necessary to sight it after sunset?

Answer

(Fatwa: 1350/1134=L/1429)

Please, ignore the fatwa that was written under the code mentioned above.

 

(Fatwa: 1002/L=200/TL/1430)

 

The valid moon sighting is one occuring after sunset. If moon was sighted on 29th day before sunset, it will not be considered valid and thus based upon such sighting the next day will not be regarded as Ramadhan day or Eid day.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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