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Letter to DFW Imams for consensus on Crescent Sighting PDF Print E-mail

December 23, 1997

1.   Br. Yusuf Zia Kavakci, Imam 
- Islamic Assoc. of North Texas, 840 Abrams Rd., Richardson, TX 75081
2.   Br.  Moujahid Bakhach, Imam
- Islamic Assoc. of Tarrant County, 4801 Fletcher Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107
3.   Br.  Moataz Al-Hallak, Imam 
- Islamic Society of Arlington, 100 Madinah Drive, Arlington, TX 76010
4.   Br. Ibrahim Abu Sarris, Amir  
- Islamic Mosque of Texoma, 3601 Holly Drive, Dennison, TX 75020
5.   Br. Abdul Hadi Khan, Amir    
- Muslim Assoc. of Plano, 3109 W. Parker Rd. Ste. 220, Plano, TX 75223
6.   Br. Bashir Ashimi, Imam        
- Nigerian Muslim Assoc. of Dallas, P.O.Box 560871, Dallas, TX 75356
7.   Br. Yahya Abdulla, Imam       
- Dallas Masjid of Al-Islam, 2604 S. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75215 
8.   Br. Larry Shariff, Imam           
- Masjid Ansar-Allah, 3455 Roberts Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215
9.   Br. Omar, Imam                 
- Masjid Al-Tawheed , 1419 Acton Avenue, Duncanville, TX 75137
10. Br. Hatim  Hamidullah, Imam 
- Masjid Hassan, 1201 E. Allen, Fort Worth, TX 76104

BEGINNING OF RAMADAN AND
EID DAYS AND MUSLIM UNITY

Dear Brothers,
 
Assalamo-Alaikum. May the blessings of Allah be always with you and your families. Ameen. You all know that Muslims all over the world try to sight the new crescent to start and end the month of Ramadan. The new moon is always there but at times we cannot see it with the naked eye because the sky on a particular day may be cloudy or there could be too much sun-light as happens in the Polar regions. I want to bring to your attention a personal experience and dilemma that I had during my exploration work in the Canadian Arctic (particularly the northernmost part of the Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg islands - an area about 500 miles south of North Pole.) In those areas, there are 24 hour days in summer time when you are unable to see the new moon; and in winter time there are 24 hour nights. You can imagine the problem one faces in those areas. The point is that in many cases you have to make your best judgment. The important thing is to fast for 29 or 30 days and timings can be adjusted according to the situation and circumstances. Allah does not put a burden upon a person beyond his/her capacity (2 : 286). For the sake of Muslim Unity and harmony, our religious leaders must find a way to end the suspense of the first day of Ramadan and the Eid days. Your positive decision can make our community become UNITED.

In 1995, I had appealed to the management of IANT to decide well in advance the first day of Ramadan and the Eid days so that our Muslim brothers and sisters and children who are working or going to school can take an orderly leave from their respective institutions for the prayers, etc. Also, at different times, I have raised this issue with Imam Yusuf, Imam Moujahid and Amir Hadi Khan. We hope that this time our religious leaders will reach a consensus so that in future there is no more confusion in the Dallas Fort worth area on the controversial subject. You may know that on December 7, 1997, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC) held a special meeting and took a bold step to unify Muslims for the beginning of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr, by passing the following motion: "The ISCSC affirms to uphold the criteria of ru'yah (actual sighting) of the crescent for determining the new month, as prescribed in the Quran and Sunnah. The astronomical information for Ramadan 1418 indicates that it is unlikely for the crescent to be seen before December 30, 1997. Hence, first of Ramadan is expected on Wednesday, December 31, 1997. The Shawwal crescent is unlikely to be seen before January 28, 1998. Thus, Eidul Fitr is expected on Thursday, January 29, 1998. The Shura Council of Southern California urges all Muslims to be united in the observation of fasting in this blessed month." I hope that the religious leaders of our Dallas Fort Worth area will follow the example of Dr. Muzammil Siddiqu and his colleagues in ISCSC. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy Ramadan and prosperous Eid.

Sincerely,



Mr. M. Khaliq Qureshi,
13 17 Shamrock Lane,
Plano, Texas 75093.
Res. Tel : (972) 380-5106
 
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