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Calculation or moon sighting

Fatwaa ID: 1054

Question:
Assalamualikum wrwb,
There are two masajid near a person. The one they normally attend is following the calculation method for Eid and everyone in their family and around them will also be following this masjid. There’s another masjid which follows moon sighting which this person is more inclined to follow. If Eid was to fall on Saturday according to moon sighting while calculation is claiming Friday, would it be correct for this person to follow to be fasting Friday while majority of their community is celebrating Eid that day? Jazakallah Khayr.

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Adopting calculation for the beginning or ending of the month is a bid’ah. It is necessary to go with actual sighting of the moon. The injunctions of Rasulullaah ﷺ are express in this regard. In the enquired situation, you must follow the masjid which goes with physical moon sighting. If ‘Eid happens to be on Saturday based on physical moon sighting, then you must fast on Friday even if the other masjid is doing ‘Eid on that day. Make du’aa for their hidaayah.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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