I Feel the Need…the Need for Eid

Monday, October 23, 2006

6 comments
I’m still trying to figure out why you have to actually see the moon in order to determine whether the Eid is upon us. Can anyone explain this to me?

Science can correctly predict the moon cycles down to the minute! This year’s new moon occurred on October 22nd at exactly 12:14 AM. In case of any doubt, scientific calculations can predict the precise beginning and end of Ramadan in the year 2007, 2010, or any other year you want.

But I find out from my dukaan guy that the Eid hasn’t officially started because Chief Islamic Justice Ahmad Hilayel hasn’t witnessed the new moon of the lunar month of Shawwal, thus the holiday won’t be starting until the 24th, two full days after the new moon! What happens if it is cloudy tonight? Will Ramadan continue indefinitely until the moon is witnessed? Perhaps I’m overcomplicating things by relying too much on logic and science.

Either way, eid mubaarak.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hijri calendar uses lunar positions to determine the beginning and the ending of each Hijri month, that's the whole deal. Happy eid buddy... Enjoy it.

10/23/2006 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry man, I didn't read the whole post, anyways the Mufti or as u wanna call him the chief of blah blah blah should be able to see it with his bare eye, without using any scientific gadget it's kinda stupid. and sorry again for reading the first paragraph the first time.

10/23/2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Firas said...

Two Muslims or more should tastified that they've seen it in the naked eye.

I don't see what's the problem?It's either today or the next day!

10/23/2006 5:59 PM  
Anonymous onzlo said...

I agree with you that when it could be done more accuratly in a scientific manner but I think (although no muslim authority would say this outright) it is kind of a tradition (since thats just the way it has been done for hundreds of years) that the full moon must be seen by the naked eye, so there you go.

10/23/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Moey said...

well, if its more than that.. people can't fast more than 30 days it'll be more than a month. and it is stupid, like what my friend Khalidah said earlier: I still believe that with the modern science and equipment, the lunar argument should not even be mentioned and if they are depending on human eye then they should not be mentioning the great equipment and the telescope, they can see mars with the telescope and they couldn't see the moon, is it hiding or something? LOL, it's all about being pathetic

10/24/2006 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Nidal Daraiseh said...

In the U.S. most if not all the major Muslim groups have agreed to use scientific calculations rather than eye-sight. This makes a lot more sense especially when you have a large community of people spread over vast areas of land. Needless to say, Jordan and the other Arab should emulate something similar rather than have Eid occur on 3 different days potentially depending on which Arab country you live in.

11/02/2006 6:14 AM  

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