As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
Wondering if anyone had the opportunity to go and see the moon either yesterday or tonight before maghrib.
A brother and I went to a high location to try to spot the moon yesterday but were not able to see it. QadarAllah (It was the decree of Allah)
The local community here in Groton CT goes by the calculation method so they had already announced the ‘Eid will be today, Tuesday August 30, 2011.
Another brother informed me that the moon was sighted in Chili around 1am EST in South America. However, seems like it was a single occurrence and hence it was not given weight due to lack of other reports.
But today when we went to see the moon before maghrib, we were able to see it alhamdulillah with the naked eye. I had two other witnesses who also saw the moon with me and it was clearly the first day of the lunar month. The time was around 7:38 EST when we saw the moon. It looked exactly like it is shown in the chart below for the first of the lunar month.
The chart below confirms that the new moon will be sighted in the Northern Hemisphere today, August 30, 2011.
Here are some pictures I took with my phone but you can not see the moon in here. It was hard enough to see with the naked eye so its not visible in the pictures.
Here is a raw picture…..
Conclusion: I have decided, along with the 2 other brothers who saw the moon, that we will make up the day inshaAllah because we clearly made ‘Eid one day in advance. This was clear from the shape of the moon that we saw before Maghrib time, Tuesday, August 30 2011.
Comments are welcome on the issue.
Allâh says (what means), “The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allâh in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).” (Al-Qadr 97:3)
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allâh, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allâh gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allâh is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” (Al-Baqarah 2:261)
Just imagine the returns if you give 1 Dinar or 1$ sincerely in the way of Allâh on laylatul qadr! Suppose you give 1$ every night in these last 10 nights of Ramadhaan you would have spent 10$. And the returns are much more than:-
1*7*100*1000*30 + 9*7*100 = 21,006,300 (Yes in words that’s much more than 21 million!!!)
The more you’ll give with ikhlaas (sincerity) the more you’ll get. Verily, Allâh never breaks His Promise.” (Aali Imran 3:9).
BaarakAllaahu feekum. Please share with others. WAllaahu ‘aalam.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Seeking Treatment for an Illness by Giving Charity
Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya
1 – From Abu Umamah -Radi Allaahu anhu- who said: the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah (charity).’ [Collected in Saheeh al-Jamia’ No. 3358 & declared Hasan by Albaani]
2 – From Ubadah bin Saamitt who said I heard the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- saying: ‘There is no person
who is afflicted with a wound on his body, and he gives charity due to that, then Allaah expiates from him the like of what he gave in charity. [Collected by Ahmad & Albaani declared it to have an authentic Isnaad in Saheehah No. 2273]
As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
I pray to Allah that everyone is taking full advantage of this blessed month of Ramadhaan. For verily, it could surely be our last.
Wanted to share a few quick things about spending Ramadhaan outside of the US and wanted to hear your comments also.
Spending the first 10 days of Ramadhaan in Pakistan.. It’s really a different feeling here. Especially at the time of each prayer. The moment you start walking towards the masjid, you see so many people mashaAllah going to the masjid for the congregational prayer. At least where I reside in CT, you hardly notice any difference except for ‘isha and taraweeh.
Breaking iftaar with the whole family is also more special because there are 10 minutes between the time of adhaan and the iqamah. So we eat what we can in that time and then the men start walking to the masjid.
Walking to the masjid is really tremendous. Not only do you get reward as mentioned in the following hadith but its also good for the health of the body mashaAllah.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).”
However, its a little frustrating to see the opposition to the Sunnah. Just today, at the masjid for ‘isha, I saw a person in the row who was standing on his own prayer rug and both people on either side weren’t stepping on the prayer rug to close the gaps. There was easily room for one more person on either side.
It’s really nice however, to see so many people in the masjid for all the prayers. Makes you feel like this is a special month.
May Allah guide the rulers of the Muslim lands and guide the Muslims to Tawheed and the authentic Sunnah and away from acts of shirk, innovation and blind following of the madhabs. Ameen.
What have been your experiences of Ramadhaan outside of the US in Muslim countries? Go ahead and share. BarakAllahu feekum