سيدنا عمر رضى الله عنه سے روايت هے رسول الله صلي الله عليه وسلم نے ہميں خطاب آرتے هوئے فرمايا تهاآہ:- اُوصيكم بأصحابى ثمّ الذين يلونهم ثمّ الذين يلونهم ثمّ يفشُوالكذب حتّى يحلفَ الرّجل ولا يُستحلَف ويشهد ولا يُستشهد...الخ (جامع ترمذى ج 2 ص 48 ، صحيح بخارى ج 2 ص 1049 ، مستدرک
حاآم ج 1 ص 114 ، حاآم وذهبى وقالهما صحيح على شرط الشيخين)

The Prophet has said: ‘I advise you to follow my Companions and then of those who come after them and those who come after them. After this, lies will spread until a person will swear an oath yet nobody will have requested it from him. A person will witness yet nobody will have requested it from him. (Jami Tirmidhi, vol 2, p48/Saheeh Bukhari vol 2, p1049/ Hakim, vol 1, p114).

In the famous Islamic monthly booklets known as ‘Al-khair’ Multania 2005’ (Ramadhan Hijri 1426) the senior Scholars of the sub continent have written extensively regarding the incorrectness of the Saudi announcement of moon sighting marking the start of Ramadhan and Eid. In this booklet an article makes mention of an individual who has now joined the effort of Da’wat e Tabligh. This person before joining this effort, knowingly used to give false testimony, testifying to the sighting of the crescent moon in the Sarhad province (in Pakistan), however after joining this effort he accepted his mistake and has done Tauba/Istighfar as well as notified the Ulama requesting Du’a for his and his group’s mischief. (Al-khair, p14).

From the above mentioned incident it is clear how this type of false testimony and its propaganda creates confusion unifying people on the incorrect moon sighting of Saudi Arabia. This explains how this new Fitnah has taken hold across the world since the initiation of the Umm ul Qura calendar.

The Islamic Centres of the World that follow the Hanafi Fiqh as taught by the Deoband Scholars have a spiritual and scholarly connection with three respected institutes: Darul Uloom Deoband, Mazahir ul Uloom Saharanpur, Jamia Islamia Dabhel, the senior Ulama at these institutions have unanimously and continuously stated the following:‘To look for ease and decide upon the Saudi sighting decision for Ramadhan and Eid is not correct, even if a Fatwa permitting this was obtained, it would be against the principles of the Shari’ah, never should one blindly follow the sighting of Saudi Arabia. (Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband, Mazahir ul Uloom Saharanpur, Jamia Islamia Dabhel, (18/Safar/1424 AH) 20/4/2003).

Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakaria نوّرالله مرقده Witnessing of the Saudi Moon Sighting:

Shaykh Ul Hadith Moulana Zakaria Kandhalwi نوّرالله مرقده is that personality, who dedicated his entire life in attaining the very high ranks of Knowledge and Taqwa, he spent the last 10 years of his life in Madinah Munawarrah and was blessed with passing away there. Whilst residing in Saudi Arabia, Hadhrat has detailed the inaccuracies of the Saudi moon sighting announcements in his writings, there are numerous beneficial advices, both spiritual and pertaining to knowledge in these writings of Hadhrat Shaykh .نوّرالله مرقده

Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakaria Kandhalwi رحمه الله has written in one of his letters addressed to Hadhrat Moulana Yusuf Motala Sahib حفظه الله dated 2nd Shawwal 1393AH (1973): ‘Today, Monday the 29th of Ramadhan, after Fajr, Moulana Ehsan Sahib حفظه الله (grand scholar and director of Darul loom Raiwind, Markaz Pakistan) brought the news that the moon is high and very easily visible in the sky. We all became satisfied that we had one more day of Ramadhan, but when Moulana Aftaab bin Moulana Badr e Alam Meerathee رحمه الله heard the news, he said immediately that the manner of thinking of India/Pakistan does not work here (in Saudi). He said: ‘I have been here for 28/30 years; there was only one Eid after the 28th fast, only one after the 30th, and all the rest after the 29th. I had heard that it is common for Ramadhan to last for 29 days here (in Saudi), but I was satisfied with the Indian way of thinking’. (The Indian way being; if you have seen the moon in the morning of the 29th day, then that moon cannot be sighted in the same evening. This is an unalterable fact.) Hadhrat goes on to say: ‘I felt a bit strange whilst performing the Nawaafil after Maghrib, and Salat ul Isha was delayed for ten minutes compared to Ramadhan, after the Fardh Salat I quickly started with my Sunnah prayer, but in my first Rakaat I heard the head Qadhi ul Qudhat (head Judge) here, make an announcement beginning with Salam and some other words, at once I understood that the rule of the government here (Saudi Arabia) has prevailed (Over the truth)’. (Muhabbat Naamay Vol 2, P539).

On 7th October 2010 I (Muhammad Yusuf Danka) met Hadhrat Moulana Ehsan Sahib in Darul Uloom London, Chislehurst. I asked for more detail in respect of the above mentioned incident, since Moulana Ehsan was present and mentioned by Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakaria نوّرالله مرقده in Muhabbat Naamay. Moulana Ehsan Sahib confirmed that the narration of the incident was indeed true and informed me, that it was only at the behest of Hadhrat Shaykh نوّرالله مرقده that he and a number of his companions went out to sight the moon. If they were able to witness the moon on the 29th Ramadhan then it was not possible for the authorities to announce Eid for the following day. However, an announcement was made later that day declaring Eid to be on the following day as mentioned above, this caused Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakaria نوّرالله مرقده a great deal of concern (due to the fact that the moon of the month of Ramadhan was still visible and the announcement for Eid was made. How could it be that these Pious Scholars of Truth, who were elevated in knowledge, piety and Taqwa have peace of heart and mind. They had deep concern for the principles of Islam and the worship of the Masses).