By Faizan Pir
The issue of moon-sighting for Ramadan and Eid has been a contentious issue for Muslims for many years. Many countries and regions have their own methods of determining the beginning of the month of Ramadan or the celebration of Eid, leading to confusion and disagreement among Muslims.
Given the chaos that often ensues due to disagreements over moon-sighting, it is time that we consider using technology and scientific data to complement tradition. Islamic tradition has always emphasized the importance of seeking knowledge and understanding the world
around us. The Quran repeatedly encourages Muslims to use their intellect and reason to comprehend the world and make sound decisions. In fact, the Quran states: “Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and day are signs for those of understanding” (Quran 3:190).
Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to use modern technology and scientific data to determine the beginning of Ramadan or Eid. This approach does not undermine the importance of tradition, but rather complements it with the latest advancements in science and technology.
It is important to note that Islamic tradition does not prohibit the use of technology or scientific data in determining the beginning of Ramadan or Eid. In fact,
Islamic scholars have recognized the need to adapt to the changing times and have encouraged the use of scientific methods in determining the sighting of the moon.
Therefore, it is important that the Ruet e Hilal Committee, or any other organization responsible for moon-sighting, should include an astronomer or astrophysicist in their team. This will ensure that the latest scientific methods are used to determine the beginning of Ramadan or Eid, thereby avoiding any confusion or disagreement among Muslims.
In conclusion, the use of technology and scientific data to determine the beginning of Ramadan or Eid should be embraced by Muslims worldwide. This approach complements tradition and aligns with the Quran’s emphasis on seeking knowledge
and understanding the world around us. It is time that we move beyond the traditional methods of moon-sighting and embrace the latest advancements in science and technology.
As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim” (Sunan Ibn Majah 224). Let us, therefore, embrace the use of technology and scientific data to determine the beginning of Ramadan or Eid, and ensure that we continue to seek knowledge and understanding in all aspects of our lives.