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 (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) 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.

- from London, UK. 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.

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