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.
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
Are you looking for an authentic site from where to download Islamic audio lectures which are translated into English?
Currently the following are all downloadable series of lectures (translated) avaliable @ http://www.miraath.net in their translated section:
An Explanation on Hajj – Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree
Book of Fasting – Lulu wal Marjan – Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree
Characteristics of the Prophet (2008) صلى اللهُ عليه وسَلَّم – Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al-Aqeel
Characteristics of the Prophet (2009) صلى اللهُ عليه وسَلَّم – Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al-Aqeel
Characteristics of Wudu (ablutions) – Shaykh Arafat bin Hasan al-Muhammadi
Cleanliness and Purification – Shaykh Abdullaah bin Mar?aee
Learning ‘Aqeedah – Through Hajj – Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al-Aqeel
Learning Aqeedah from Hajj – Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al-Aqeel
Lessons from the Biography of the Prophet – (صلى اللهُ عليه وسَلَّم) – Shaykh Hani bin Baraik
Mannerisms of companionship, brotherhood and living amongst people – Shaykh Abdullaah Mar’ai bin Barayk.mp3
Manhaj as-Salikeen (Path of the Wayfarer) – Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool
Merits of the Quran and Tafsir of Surah al-Qadr – Shaykh Adil Mansoor
Sahih Bukhari – Book of Faith – Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al-Aqeel
Tafsir of Quran – Shaykh Hani bin Baraik
Tafsir of Quran Part 30 – Introduction – Shaykh Hani bin Baraik
The Authentic Aqeedah (Belief) – Muhammad bin Ghalib al-Amri
Umdat al-Fiqh – Chapter on Breaking the Fast in Ramadan – Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree
Umdat al-Fiqh – Chapter on Fasting – Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree
Ramadhaan is coming up. InshaAllah, my plan is to download their Ramadhaan lessons and listen to it while I do other activities like exercise, driving, etc to get the most benefit from this upcoming blessing month.
For the Ramadhaan lectures, visit the lectures given by Shaykh Ubyad al Jabiree hafidahullah: http://en.miraath.net/content/shaykh-ubayd-bin-abdullah-al-jabri-trles
As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
It’s been quite long since I’ve posted anything. After shaykh Salim’s visit, things have been quite busy with family members visiting and preparation for Ramadhaan.
Now that I have a smartphone, it’ll be much easier to review and reply to comments and make quick short posts inshaAllah. The cell phone technology is amazing subhanAllah and it’s mind boggling what we are capable of just with a cell phone. Anywayz that’s a side topic 😉
I have been tasked by my local masjid to come up with some games for the teens/kids for the weekends in ramadhaan. Not just the last 10 days but even before that.
So I wanted to reach out to all of you if you have seen any successful games where they not just learn something beneficial in the deen but also have fun learning it.
I will be preparing an Islamic jeopardy game with different categories. Once it’s complete I’ll post the file here so others can use it as well.
If anyone has any ideas, please share.
BarakAllahu feekum. 🙂