Sighting of the moon

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Q: Why different scholars of India are of the opinion that the moon is not sighted in our country (India) when Saudia and many Islamic countries declare that the moon has been sighted for the celebration of eid. Moreover, some scholars of India celebrate eid upon announcement from Saudia? Is it a good practice?


A: We are commanded to sight the moon. There is no command for us to follow Saudi Arabia, America, Japan, Egypt or Australia. Just as Saudia will not accept the sighting of Australia or America, it maintains its own sighting, this rule will apply to all other areas as well.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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