The same incident occurred in 2005 also, when after 4 days the announcements were made in conformation with the Umm ul Qura calendar. Upon this alteration the Scholars of the Muslim World asked what evidence they had to support their change in announcement of the new moon. Due to the pressure from the Scholars, the government presented two witnesses, both of whom were older than 80 years old and needed strong spectacles to see clearly. ( 20/01/2005 الوطن سعودي - وقد وجدهما آبيرين فى السن يتجاوزعمر آل واحد منهما الثما نين ). From this incident it is apparent that the Saudi Government uses such people to substantiate their claims who cannot even see the road in front of them clearly. How then can such a person see the new crescent moon to establish the commencement of the new Islamic month?
Hadhrat Shaykh Moulana Zakaria Kandhalwi نوّرالله مرقده writes: (In India) ‘The witnessing of the crescent moon occurred on Tuesday night and Ramadhan commenced on Wednesday, however, In Saudi Ramadhan commenced on Monday’ (a two day difference). (Aap Beeti) Also Hadhrat Shaykh نوّرالله مرقده writes in another place: ‘on the 27th Ramadhan 1398H (1978), Qadhi Sahib (Abdul Qadir) left Madinah to celebrate Eid in Chawariya Pakistan. After performing Eid in Makkah, he got on a plane the same day to Karachi Pakistan. Upon reaching Pakistan, it was the 28th Ramadhan there. (Aap Beeti, vol 7, p249)
These types of incidents have unfortunately become common place. Meaning, the Saudi government moon sighting announcements are falling two days ahead of nearby Islamic countries that follow the Shariah moon sighting criteria. Allah has kept the path of the moon such that throughout the world, a difference of one day is common and possible. However, a delay in two days is impossible. The root cause of these discrepancies is the inaccurate announcements that are being made by the Saudi government and those countries or areas that follow the Saudi criteria/sighting.
Today, the select representatives of Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Hadith نوّرالله مرقده even while living in Madinah Munawarrah have continued to express their concern for the Saudi moon sighting announcements.
The Concern of the Elders of Nizamudeen Markaz for the Muslims in the UK:
Ameer Tablighi Hadhratjee Moulana Inaamul Hassan Kandhalwi رحمه الله wrote in a letter addressed to the Dewsbury Tablighi Markaz Shooraa: ‘The Month of Ramadhan and Eid are among the Symbols of Islam. Therefore we should be very cautious and fearful regarding the decision that is made in regards to these. As people regard the Jamat e Tabligh as a sincere Jamat, people look for the ruling passed by the Markaz to formulate their decisions. The entire nation’s fasting is dependant upon the moon being sighted correctly. The fixed orbits of the sun and moon are clearly mentioned in the Qur’an, where Allah states ‘the sun and the moon run on their fixed calculated courses (exactly).’(Surah 55, Ayat 6). When claims of moon sighting are made before there is the slightest possibility of sighting, no credit should be given to these claims and this position is in accordance with the actions of Jamhoor/the majority of Ulama.” (Hadhratjee Moulana Inamul Hassan Saheb, Banglawali Masjid, 15th Sha’baan 1407AH(1987)