9th Dhulhijjah - Local Moon Sighting
  • Question:

    When intending to fast from 9th Dhulhijj and reciting Takbeer Tashreeq, should one follow local moon sighting or perform the aforementioned acts of worship according to the rites being performed in Makkah?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    There is a difference of opinion based on interpretation of the source texts regarding this matter.

    Some jurists are of the view that Dhul Hijjah fasting and the Takbir of Tashriq are connected to the standing at Arafah in Saudia Arabia, hence according to this opinion, one would correlate the practices with the dates in Saudi Arabia.

    Another group of jurists are of the view that one is to follow lunar dates of their local regions and not correlate it with Saudi Arabia.

    Both opinions are valid.

    In non Muslim countries, one is advised to follow the declaration on the matter, of their local masjid in the community and adhere to unity and uniformity.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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