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Did anyone try to see the moon locally in USA?

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.

Source: http://www.moonconnection.com/moon-august-2011.phtml

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.

BarakAllahu feekum

  1. Hamza
    August 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    What is the position of the scholars regarding this situation? Do you make up or say istighfaar and then that’s it.

  2. August 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I,Mukhtar Khan hereby state that brother Talah Shahid, s observation is based on real facts .I was with him both days to cite the moon.

  3. Abu Amir Salafiyoon Al Hasan As-Salafi
    August 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

    So you and the other two brothers are saying that u made eid ul fitr a day in advance? So if the permanent commitee in saudia arabia announced that the moon was sighted that day … Ur community or the all 3 of u brothers decided observed eid a day in advance or a day before?

    I like the fact that All three of u brothers ( may Allah protect and preserve all of u ) ameen!

    Decided to a critical research on this and came up with that analysis.

    Its always good to stick the sunnah.

    Wasalaamu Alaykum wa rahmahtullaah.

    • August 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

      For now it’s just us three and some others who are now also making up the day. InshaAllah.

      Haven’t talked with the imam of the masjid yet. Not sure if he’ll get the community to make up the day. They go by calculations anyway so they’re not interested to follow the Sunnah and spot the moon.

  4. September 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Akh, we saw the moon last night and it couldn’t be the 2nd day moon. The moon was way too thick and lasted for a very long time. The 2nd day moon usually lasts for a little while and disappears. You might have seen the 2nd day moon wAllahu alam.

    May Allah accept all our ibadah, ameen.
    Abu Musa

    • September 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Yesterday (Thursday) night would have been the 3rd night moon if the new moon started Tuesday night. And 4th night moon if the new moon started Monday night.

      I’ll post another pic. Took a picture last night. It looked like the 3rd night moon to me. Wallahu alam

  5. Abu Amir Salafiyoon Al Hasan As-Salafi
    September 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I still admire that fact that all 3 of u decided to stick with the sunnah.

    May Allaah bless all of u. Ameen.

    Insha Allaah

    wal asr .

    Asalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmahtullaah.



  6. Umm Abdillah
    November 3, 2011 at 12:22 am

    In the case of your community using calculations, you should stick to the closest jamaah in this , even if it means you follow Saudi Arabia in their sighting ( which is not incorrect according to many scholars, including shaykh Al-Albani) and to doubt a Muslims witness is also a serious issue..stick the jamaah.

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