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Oct
13
2008

Do you want Unity?

So as Muslims, we find ourselves in a bind when it comes time to figuring out when Eid is. Join us by giving your voice to the question that we have to ask ourselves.

 
For the sake of Eid Unity in North America, would you be willing to forgo your preferred method of determining the day of Eid, and follow another scholarly opinion on moonsighting?

Yes
No

  
  

Thank You for your time and consideration.

Written by HIPUR Staff in: News |

6 Comments »

  • Sajid

    ISNA has aligned with the use of astronomical calculations that allow Eid to be determined way in advance, and is persuading all north american mosques to follow. So this poll basically says, would you be willing to forego the human moonsighting method which has uncertainty and leaves things to the last minute, so the pragmatists don’t like it. Some of these pragmatists are devout knowledgeable muslims and truly believe that calculations are okay to use, they are just a means to the same end. Others may just want the most convenient option and don’t really care what is in line with quran and hadith.

    Personally I am fine with using calculations, but unity on this issue is hard since a lot of muslims believe it is unIslamic to do anything other than visual moonsighting to decide the Eid date, including notable American muslim scholars like Hamza Yusuf, who responded to ISNA with this article:
    http://www.zaytuna.org/articleDetails.asp?articleID=100

    ICNA then decided not to mandate the use of calculations either. I don’t know if they still hold that position.

    I think unity is good but its not the be-all and end-all, so a few different Eid dates aren’t really such a big deal. Allah has said that he made mankind diverse, so diversity of ideas even among muslims isn’t so bad and just makes room for all sorts of different people to feel comfortable in the religion.

    I also don’t think a few different Eids make us look bad to non-muslims. Other religions have diversity in their rituals also. What really provides fuel to the fire of anti-muslim rhetoric is the hateful actions and rashly spoken words of a minority of muslims that makes the rest of us look bad. And the media bias and stereotyping doesn’t help either, though sometimes there are refreshing examples to the contrary (see Colin Powell’s comment on muslims in america at 4:30 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efv3Vr8T9MA).

    Comment | October 22, 2008
  • Issam

    Assalamu alaikum

    I only have to add that the concept of multiple days for Eid isn ot something new. At the time of the Prophet, PBUH, they had more than enough time to see when Eid al-Adha would be in Mecca and then relay the message to Madinah to have Eid on the same day. It wasn’t done though. A caravan once coming from the Middle East broke their fast and had Eid earlier and they were not reproached. This concept is known as “The Difference of Moon-Sighting Locales” (ikhtilaf al matali’) and is known in Islam. I answer yes for unity for that is almost always the direction, but I really this issue should not be tied to unity. They are separate and mutually exclusive. Our unity does not depend breaking fast and praying Eid together, although it helps. Our unity depends on breaking barriers between us. Our unity depends on resolving the “well that’s the Arab mosque” or “I don’t want to go to the Afghan mosque” issue. Our unity depends on our character. That’s where Islam places most of the emphasis and that’s what we need. Say salam to someone you don’t know. Smile at people. FORGET GRUDGES. We need more productive interpersonal skills and interactions. We need to think like an Umma. Only then will we truly become one.

    Comment | October 22, 2008
  • Suman

    I pray that the ummah achieves unity…but like others have mentioned- according to the rules of the Quran and Sunnah.

    Comment | October 22, 2008
  • Usman

    There’s nothing wrong with celebrating Eid on different days. Unity is in people’s hearts, not calendars.

    Comment | October 27, 2008
  • Anwarul Huq

    I prefer unity, but not forgoing the value of Islam. Moonsighting and Local Moonsing (visually) were the basis of fixing the date of Eid during the time of Rasulullah (pbuh) and the Sahabis. We have to follow that trend as Allah says follow Rasulullah (pbuh) and Rasulullah (pbuh) said to follow Sahabis (pbut). Scientific Calculations may be used for estimation purpose only.

    Comment | October 28, 2008
  • Nice post u have here :D Added to my RSS reader

    Comment | November 30, 2008

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