Celebrating Eid on different days

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Q: In Australia, on two different days Eid was celebrated. Three groups of people celebrated Eid on Monday. They had the following three different point of views, They said because

1. Its already calculate by Ulama and the calendar is made.

2. Imam in the masjid near our house announced that its Eid on Monday. Although it was announced three days before night of 1st Shawwaal.

3. One group of people say, we knew on 29th of Ramadhaan that the new moon wasn’t sighted but we checked different ahadith, and discussed with our friends, did some nawafil of tobah, we made dua and we decided that we will follow a masjid which is doing Eid early. Although they had three masjid near their house and two of them (one close to their house and one quite far did Eid on Monday ) and the third masjid, did Eid after sighting the moon on Tuesday.

4: This group of people, they celebrated Eid on Tuesday after receiving information from Australia moonsighting committee (

Question 1: Who is right out of these groups?

Question 2: While some were fasting on Monday, those who are fasting, are they doing sin by keeping fast or those who are celebrating, are getting blessings of Eid.

Question 3: One of us is wrong now. What should we day? Should we tell those who are doing wrong to stop this practise or should we be happy with all groups just to try to please everyone.

Question 4: Those groups who are dong eid on different days , can fasting people wish eid Mubarak to those who are not fasting and having eid. Please answer my all question, please. JazakAllah



1. If you are following righteous and understanding ulama-e-kiraam then you do not need any other evidence for you being right.

2 – 4. As above. The need is to follow rightly guided ulama-e-kiraam. One who follows them is absolved of his responsibility.

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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