With the potential different start dates of Ramadan and Eid, a number of letters were sent on behalf of ICOUK members to Hazrat Maulana Yusuf Motala Sahib (حفظه الله), founder of Darul Uloom Bury, to review his current moon sighting practice and consider adopting a Regional Moon Sighting Criteria for the UK (i.e. UK to Morocco) as previously recommended by Darul Uloom Deoband (India).
All the letters have requested a response before the start of Ramadan 1438. So far, we have not received any response from Hazrat Maulana Yusuf Motala Sahib or any other scholars of Darul Uloom Bury. All the copies of our letters (with Urdu translations) are shown below for the benefit our ICOUK members (and other UK Muslims) to make an informed decision for Ramadan and Eid, InshaAllah.
|1st Letter sent, dated 10/4/2017 (12 Rajab 1438) ||1st Delivery, dated 11/4/2017 |
|2nd Letter sent, dated 5/5/2017 (8 Shaban 1438) ||2nd Delivery, dated 6/5/2017|
|3rd Letter sent, dated 19/5/2017 (22 Shaban 1438) ||3rd Delivery 20/5/2017|
Telephone call to Darul Uloom Bury on 7/5/2017 16:30 Hrs Audio: [CLICK HERE]MP3
Advice: Start of Ramadan from Wed 14 April 2021, InshaAllah [Read more]
When is Eid al-Fitr 2021 (HMNAO)?The visibility of the new crescent moon for May 2021 and the start of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr is shown in the table below. We have included Mecca and Rabat for reference as well as a number of cities across the United Kingdom. [Read more]
Improvising Weather Forecast for Moon SightingDid you know that cloudiness is a local phenomenon i.e., the whole region is never (or very rarely) cloudy at the same time, such that two locations, 10 – 20 miles apart may have totally different weather conditions (clear and cloudy)? The question arises, how far distance is your horizon so you can estimate the weather forecast more accurately? [Read more]
Why two Eids on consecutive days? by Allamah Khalid Mahmud (1974) [Read more]
Comparison of the UK and Morocco Hilal Sighting Reports (1438 - 1442 AH)Looking at the past few years of observation data, it appears that (1) it is possible to sight the first day’s Hilal on the UK horizon throughout the year (if a real effort is made), (2) attempting to sight the Hilal on 29th day (of Morocco) and the next day, shows that a UK-only criteria will double the number of 29th days sighting (see attached data table).
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