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).
Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Hadith نوّرالله مرقده has also written in Aap Beeti in clear words that the announcement the Saudi government are not subject to the sighting of the crescent moon, but are in fact based upon and conform to their Umm ul Qura calendar. The entire world is aware of the fact that to make announcements according to the ‘birth of the new moon’ is not the way of Islam, but of Judaism.
Hadhrat Shaykh نوّرالله مرقده writes: ‘On the 1st Dhul Hijjah 1396H, 23 November 1976 in the Umm ul Qura (Saudi governments Birth of the New Moon) Calendar, it is written that Monday will be the 1st Day of Dhul Hijjah and Hajj (day of Arafat) will be on the Tuesday. In Saudi, the Umm ul Qura calendar is followed. However, upon reaching Madinah (a few days later) it was announced that Hajj will be on Wednesday. Then on Friday, it was announced again that Hajj (day of Arafat) would be on Tuesday. (Aap Beeti, vol 7, p211)