Saudi Government admitted their Mistake in Announcing Eid al-Fitr 2011

Saudi Government admitted their Mistake in Announcing Eid al-Fitr 2011


Saudi government officials have reportedly apologized to their nation and said that they would pay Kaffarah of (1 Billion SR riyal as expiation for breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan) for the entire Saudi nation. The Government gave order to the people and citizen of Saudi Kingdom to do fasting of one day because Eid Al-Fitr was not supposed to be on August 30/2011.

The society had said that people actually saw the planet Saturn and not the crescent moon that marks the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

Hatem Auda, director of the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research, had said that astronomical calculations by scientists of the institute noted that the first day of the Eid was Wednesday, August 31, making Tuesday, August 30 the last day of Ramadan for the Hijri year of 1432.

Various news agencies such as Al-Arabiya and Aljazeera have also reported that the planet Saturn has been mistaken for the Hilal (crescent moon), and this means that what was announced as the first day of Eid al-Fitr was supposed to be a day of fasting, rather than celebrations.

According to the Aljazeera report, the source of these problematic Hilal-sighting is from Sudair, a region located approximately 150km North of the capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The vice-president of Jeddah Astronomy Society reassured that it is impossible to view the Hilal with the naked eye.

While a number of Muslim countries like Iran announce the new crescent only on the basis of frequent sightings by the people, astronomy societies and clerics inside their borders, many others rely on the sightings done by Saudi Arabia and announcement of the Eid crescent by Riyadh.

Thus, those Muslim nations who have followed the Saudi suit as usual and celebrated the last Tuesday as Eid al-Fitr are now angry with the Saudis as Eid al-Fitr is the biggest eve for the worldwide Muslim community.

Posted by Almas at 4:59 AM

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  1. Adii says:

    well… m from pakistan.
    the city people of peshawar…KHYBER PAKHTOON KHAWA they always celebrate eid with saudi’s
    no matter hilal is there or not.
    they just take people words n declare eid.
    which is not right thing to do.

    May ALLAH guide them in the right way.

    • Abderrahmane says:

      Dear brother Adil,

      What is not right to do is that people follow anyone like sheeps. During the time of our dear Prophet, people were asked to do Istihlal (sighting the moon) during the last days of the month of Sha’ban. This is a proof that every body is responsible for his/her mistake when it comes to fasting because it concerns them only and not anybody else. So, we are to blame about following others without using our ‘Aql (intellect) as we are expeted to.

    • Fazlullah Khan says:

      Dear Adii thanks for the good suggestion and and praying that we might go on to the right path. But here people do see the moon and then they give shahadat, They do qasam and diverse for this that they have seen it. I do not know from where they ppl do get this article as I am in Japan but many of my friends are in SA, they never told about this its means that ppl living in SA are infect unaware of this thing but the article say the Government announced. Ridiculous??

    • kalim says:

      who told you that ppl of KPK follow SA…. there is a separate commitee in peshawar at qasim ali khan, and no one, in their senses, had ever repoted them following saudi arabia

  2. Assalamu Alaikum
    What is important is whether it was physically possible to cite the moon.
    Questions thus are when was the new moon born. For how long was it visible and would that fall within the time when moon citing after sunset is possible. If that was not possible then the questions of citing moon or Saturn for that matter is irrelevant. It the life of the new moon was such that it could be cited – then nothing was lost.

    • Hassan says:

      Wa alaikum Assalam!
      About your statement: It the life of the new moon was such that it could be cited – then nothing was lost.
      This isn’t the case. According to the Sunnah, the Ramadan and Eid will be done only on the Moon sighting. According to a Hadith; the words won’t be exact it is: sumu ala ruya wo iftir ala ruya…meaning when you see the moon then fast and when you see the moon then celebrate eid ul fitr. So moon SIGHTING is part of islamic teachings. We can not go like this that if it COULD be cited then nothing was lost.
      JazakAllah wa salam.

  3. Najib Azhar says:

    So Saudi govt should give kaffarah for all who follow Saudi and also relinquish any future authority on Eid announcements due to their incompetence

  4. We Are The People says:

    Just Fast one more day during this year, the Saudis made a mistake, wont be the first or last time, so you fix it and fast a day, you will get the reward, nothing wrong with that. No need to cry over spilled milk. Look forward to next Ramadan.

  5. Hamza Dauda says:

    Assalamu alaikum, like us here in nigeria the neglate of cited of ramadan crescent has make many people in troublesome. The crescent has being cited at the end of sha’aban at variuos places and informed the palace of sultan of sokoto which has the responsibility for the announcement of the cited crescent to nigerian muslims,but surprisinly,the sultan refuse to announce waiting for saudi Arebia. The group of (JIBWIS) Founded by Late Asheikh Isma’ila Idris were the once that respect the cited of the crescent and fast the following day as ramadan and celebrate the end of the ramadan according to the sunnah of prophet muhammad(pbuh).

  6. muslim says:

    Hatem Auda, director of the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research is EGYPTIAN
    i have not seen anything officiqal from Saudi government

  7. Mohammad Farooq Ameen says:

    Mr. Hatem Auda, Director of the National Institute for Astronomical & Geophysical Research, Saudi Arabia,

    Dear Sir, Assalam-o-alaikum,

    The first moon of any lunar calendar month is difficult to see with our naked eyes because of clouds, fog, mist or thin particles of dust suspended in the air. The mistake in determining the first moon for any lunar month can be avoided in future if the moon-age is calculated on the basis of the stages of moon fixed by Allah (Subha Nahu Wa-Ta’aala) – Surah Yaseen, Verse 39. When the Pyramids of Egypt were excavated long time back by the archeologists, they had discovered very sophisticated instruments for calculating one complete moon phase cycle (which takes 29.53 days) and the stages of moon as it orbits the earth. The Casio Calculator Company of Japan has done extensive research on the subject and it’s Moon Graph Watch (Module No.832) not only gives the position of the moon on the graph, it also calculates progressive moon-age and sun-rise & sun-set time on daily basis. You just feed-in the longitude and latitude of the place (e.g., Makkah : 40 East & 33 North) for which you wish to calculate the moon-age and then the rest of the calculation is done by the watch itself. The said watch is quite cheap (around 150/- Saudi Riyals) and the Manufacturer itself warns in the owner’s manual that it may suffer a discrepancy of about one day in a month. However, it also says that it is possible to accurately determine the moon-age through more high precision calculations (for which they will naturally charge a little higher price).

    I have been using the aforesaid Moon Graph Watch (Module 832) since last 20 years and have found it very reliable. (I am now 65 years old). Usually, the first moon of a lunar month coincides with that declared by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—except for the last year’s declaration of moon for first Shawwal-ul-Mukarram. My sincere advice to your honour is to get in touch with the Casio Company Ltd., Japan, and to ask them to make a complete precision moon graph watch (or clock) for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    May Allah (Subha Nahu Wa-Ta’aala) be with you. Aa’meen.

    Very Sincerely Yours,
    Mohammad Farooq Ameen,
    Karachi, dated February 21, 2012.

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