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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Texas, Ramadan, and moon sightings...

Asalamualaikum,



There’re a ton of thoughts that are running through my mind right now, but the one thing I will say is that TEXAS, and especially Houston is one of the sketchiest places for the Deen in the US of A. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the Ulema regardless of their allegiances, but really bad decisions are a staple here. It's upsetting to see the Masjid whom I usually refer to being hosed on this matter as well, but there's a deeper argument there, which I'm still trying to figure out...

One thing I will never ever understand is… how is it logically possible for the moon to be seen when astronomers and no other states in the US witnessed it? Is there some kind of holy beacon that resonates from the heavens into my state that enables us to see the moon when none of the reliable hilal committees can? Something similar happened before as well.

People say, fast with the majority in your area… but what if you feel the majority is not doing the right thing? What if deep inside you heart you know Saturday was not the first of Ramadan, which would also imply that Shabaan only had 28 days. What if you want your Ramadan to fall on the right days according to an actual moon sighting? We can accept the day difference, but in the end, one has to be right… right?

And other than Saudi Arabia, there are a lot more Islamic countries in the M.E. and ASIA that did not sight anything either. But since Saudi who’s been wrong many times and supposedly relies heavily on calculations says they saw it, and a country right beside them didn’t see jack seriously boggles my mind. Just merely using some Aql proves the inconsistencies of this whole mess. By the way, Paki didn’t see it on Saturday night there either. So a two day difference?

I was really praying for ONE Ramadan ONE Eid, but alas this did not happen. Insh’Allah, I’ll be keeping up with Chicago hilal, Ulema Association, Zaytuna, and so on for an accurate and more proper rendition of the Sunnah of our beloved Rasul (saw).

May Allah Insh'Allah guide this Ummah and grant us tawfiq, especially during this blessed month. Ameen.

Walaikum Asalam

Just a brother deeply annoyed by a NON ISSUE issue
-H

4 Comments:

  • Non-issue indeed, may Allah guide us all, ameen.

    By Anonymous sheikhmango, at 11:36 AM  

  • Yea bro, but it needs proper attention and closure... but I don't see that happening any time soon, especially since this year might be the worst one yet.

    Also, nice Xanga, I'm planning on starting PATH TO PERFECTION this RAMADAN.

    By Blogger thestraightpath, at 11:55 AM  

  • lol at the Lone Crescent State map of Texas.

    It's cause Texas is the mini-Saudi Arabia right in the backyard of Mr. Bush.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:55 PM  

  • Agreed.

    By Blogger sumaiya, at 7:25 PM  

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