Today, from the main centre of the Tablighi Jamat in Nizamudeen Delhi, India. The Scholars of India are still trying to explain the matter to the responsible individuals here in Dewsbruy, England. On 31st October 2010, I (Muhammad Yusuf Danka) met Salman Zafar Shaikh from New York, who is a very knowledgeable personality in the field of Astronomy (www.hilalsighting.org) as well as being closely associated with the work of the Da’wah (Tablighi Jamat). I asked him why, due to his close association with Nizamudeen centre in Delhi, he did not ask them to correct the view of the Dewsbruy Markaz Shura, regarding the following of the Saudi moon sighting announcements. Brother Salman Zafar Shaikh stated: ‘I (Salman Shaikh) explained in March 2009, he attended a conference (Jhor) hosted for the North American Tablighi Jamat workers, in Nizamudeen, Delhi. There he presented Fataawa and proofs from the Senior Ulema Deoband that go against following the Saudi moon sighting announcements, as well as views from Saudi Astronomers and Saudi Scholars in his paper at www.hilalsighting.org/papers/salman.pdf to some of the Shura at Nizamudeen, Delhi. To these Fataawas, a respected elder of Nizamudeen, Hadhrat Moulana Ahmed Laat Sahib حفظه الله mentioned that he had personally strongly advised Ameer Hafiz Patel Sahib حفظه الله to seek Allaah's help and correct the situation in UK and if they are not prepared to resolve the situation, then they should completely take leave of this issue (and not oppose the effort of those who are trying to correct it).
The Jamiatul Ulama Britain & Hizbul Ulama UK do not act upon the ruling of the Shari’ah in respect of the moon sighting, nor do they adopt the teachings of the Hanafi Fiqh with respect to the moon sighting criteria. Their effort by all means is to try to unite the entire Muslim population of the UK upon the incorrect ‘birth of the new moon’ criteria adopted by the Saudi government. The evidence for the inaccuracies of the Saudi moon sighting announcements are well documented above in the writings of Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakaria نوّرالله مرقده and others from amongst his students, these are first hand eye-witnesses. This is extremely serious, as it ruins the worship of hundreds and thousands of Muslims in the UK and thus has the potential of destroying the Aakhirah of those individuals. If the moon sighting of the Saudi government was correct, the great centres of the Indian Subcontinent (which are the closest to Saudi Arabia geographically) such as: Darul Uloom Deoband, Mazahir ul Uloom Saharanpur, Jamia Islamia Dabhel, Nizammudin Delhi Markaz and Raiwind Markaz would have been the first to follow it. These are the very teachers and elders of the Jamiatul Ulama Britain & Hizbul Ulama UK. Why is it then that the Jamiatul Ulama Britain & Hizbul Ulama UK wish to enforce the Saudi sighting upon the Muslims of the UK when the great Scholars at the centres mentioned above do not follow the Saudi Government, they have expressly stated their reason for not following the Saudi sighting is that they ‘do not wish to ruin their worship, and nullify their fast.’ To the extent that they take the name of Hadhrat Mufti Rashid Ahmed Ludhyanwi حفظه الله, using it to justify their principle of it not being permissible to use calculations for the commencement of the new Islamic month. However, at the same time they themselves follow Saudi Arabia leaving aside the advice of their elders mentioned below:
People should not blindly follow Saudi and invalidate their obligatory fast – Sheikh-ul-Hadith Darul Uloom Deoband, Mufti Saeed Ahmad Palanpuri حفظه الله, (Tuhfatul Al Ma’ee Sharah Sunan Tarmidhi vol 3, p57).
Hadhrat Mufti Rashid Ahmed Ludyanwi حفظه الله stated: ‘The news of the moon sighting in Saudi Arabia reaching the status of ‘Istifaadha’ (beneficial) is questionable and further, due to the sighting in Saudi Arabia being against the principles of the Hanafi Fiqh and true logic; it is unacceptable to be accepted for Pakistan. According to the Hanafi Fiqh, when the skies are clear a large group (Jamme Ghafeer) of witnesses is a condition. The government of Saudi Arabia in all conditions decide upon one or two witnesses in Ramadhan, Shawwal and Dhul Hijjah.’ (Ahsan ul Fataawaa Volume 4 Page 426).
Hadhrat Mufti Taqi Usmani Sahib حفظه الله stated; ‘If the Saudi Ruy’at was correct I would have accepted it for Pakistan, but in reality (Haqiqat) there (in Saudi) they say 'we will look at Shahadat’, irrespective of the fact that logically the sighting is impossible as the moon is not even born, and the difference between Saudi and other countries is of two days, as I (Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthamani) do not agree with this opinion, I don't act upon it," he states further "otherwise we would have agreed with the Saudi judgement”’.
Further in a letter dated 19th Rabi us Thani 1412AH Mufti Taqi Usmani Sahib حفظه الله stated: ‘I have replied to your letter and I hope that you have now received the earlier letter. In summary, I would like to say that the inhabitants of Britain in the present circumstances should not consider the moon sighting of Saudi Arabia as sufficient and they should contact Morocco in case of the weather not being clear. In Saudi Arabia the sighting of the moon has been accepted before even the birth of the moon on many occasions which is impossible in my view. I have discussed the situation with many Saudi Scholars and they are also disturbed with these occurrences. However, since this is in the hands of the Majlisul Qadha Al-A’la (Saudi Supreme Court Riyadh) they are helpless.’ (To Shaykh Ul Hadith Moulana Samiruddeen, From Mufti Taqi Usmani Darul Uloom Karachi).
It is clear from the statement of Mufti Taqi Uthmani that the Scholars of Saudi Arabia are not subdued in this matter of moon sighting. There Scholars of Haq in Saudi Arabia have always been against the inappropriate and incorrect announcements of the government. There Scholars have on numerous occasions met in Abu Dhabi (UAE) to discuss the incorrect criteria utilised by the Saudi government to announce the new Islamic month.