Ruling regarding searching for the new moon

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 59, Fatwa No.25
Fiqh al-‘Ibaadaat – Page 172

Question: Are all the Muslims sinful if none of them tried to see (look out for) the new moon of the beginning and ending of Ramadhaan?

Response: Trying to see (look out for) the new moon, whether it is the new moon of Ramadhaan or Shawwaal, is a well-known issue during the time of the companions. This is based on the statement of Ibn ‘Umar (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhumaa):

«The people were looking for the new moon, so I informed the Prophet ﷺ that I had seen it, and he ordered the people to fast according to it».

And there is no doubt that the characteristics of the companions are more perfect and complete.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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