The Perennial South African and UK Moon-sighting Debacle

Below are some comments from Mufti Abdul Kader Hoosen on the recent moon-sighting (Rabiul Awwal) debacle that took place in South Africa where those who masquerade as “Maulanas”, “Muftis”, “Shaykhs”, etc. thoroughly exposed their satanic affinity towards Baatil and “unity” with the Ahlul Bid’ah (e.g. the Saudi Salafis, Barelwis, modernists, etc.), as opposed to unity with the Haqq.

A similar scenario exists in the UK where so-called “Ulama”, year in and year out, consistently expose their satanic preference for Baatil over the Haqq, often due to “unity” with Baatil and the Ahlul Bid’ah, monetary perks, funding with invisible strings attached, and other reasons stemming from a satanic “Hikmat” (wisdom) that precludes unity with the Haqq: 


Mufti AK Hoosen: “I am being inundated now with messages. People want to know regarding the moon. Even last night I was receiving messages but I did not respond because I was at Darul Uloom Zakariyya Hadhrat with Maulana Zamaan Sahib (Hafizahullah) who happened to be there.

Now let us put things in their proper perspective. ……………. Remember the moon of yesterday after Maghrib was more than 28 hours – 28 hours and 27 minutes or something like that. So anyway it was 100 % easily visible if the horizon is clear. Then whilst I was there at Zakariyya last night about 8:15 or 8:20, I received a message on my phone from Mujlisul Ulama and they confirmed that the moon has been sighted and I even went to Hadhrat Mufti Radahul Haq Sahib, our honourable Ustaad and Shaikh, and said: “Hazrat Chaan hogaya he, Alhamdulillah!” (Hazrat, the moon has been confirmed.) i.e. today, Jumiraat ku, will be the 1st of Rabiul Awwal and the 1 st of December. And this morning I phoned Tubela after Fajr and told him: “Tell all the people there, our presenters and so forth, that today is the 1st Rabiul Awwal.”

So we accept the decision of Mujlisul Ulama. Regarding uucsa [i.e. the so-called uucsa of the NNB Jamiat of Fordsburg – note added by Jamiat Northern Cape] and so forth, they say that they had not reached consensus. Well, that is their problem. It has nothing to do with us. We don’t follow uucsa, and remember we are an autonomous body and we are not bound by uucsa.

We are bound by the truth. Alhamdulillah that is what we follow.

As far as the so-called uucsa goes, they have MJC, they have Jamiatul Ulama KwaZulu Natal, they have Jamiatul Ulama Fordsburg, they have Sunni Ulama Council, Sunni Jamiatul Ulama, Eastern Cape Ulama Council, Northern Ulama Council and other bodies. So if they have not reached conclusion, it has nothing to do with us. We follow what is the truth. The sighting took place; Mujlisul Ulama confirmed it, and we at Channel Islam International in the world accept it and today is the 1ST RabiulAwwal

You know everyday I send out a tweet, and Alhamdulillah as I sent out the tweet this morning as I do every day after Fajr, I said that today is the 1st Rabiul Awwal. So uucsa must sort out their own views, but we continue announcing that today is the 1st of Rabiul Awwal, and we will play our Juz also accordingly. Do a simple calculation. Just go to the Arab News which I did already after Fajr, I do that every day. You go to the Arab News and Saudi newspapers and you will see there in Saudi Arabia today is the 2nd Rabiul Awwal. So if they accept that today is the 1st, Alhamdulillah. Otherwise you will have a crazy situation that tomorrow Friday according to uucsa or so-called uucsa or whatever you want to say, it will be the 1st, while in Saudi Arabia it will be the 3rd, but will be the 2nd Rabiul Awwal in South Africa (according to the confirmed sighting of Mujlisul Ulama) How can you have 2 days difference in this day and age? Something unheard of actually.

So therefore at Channel Islam International, Alhamdulillah, we are an autonomous body, we don’t take instructions from A B C, as I always say, we don’t curry favour with any person, any organisation, any politician and political party. For you, the Ummah Muslimah, the date in South Africa today it is the 1st Rabiul Awwal 1438 as confirmed by Mujlisul Ulama and we follow their ruling in this regard. A sighting took place so there is no need (for dispute).

Remember if you are following the Hanafi School, then that is binding and you have to accept it. This is nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with playing of games, Wal Haqqu wal Haqqu yuttaba’a (It is the Haqq, and the Haqq has to be (incumbently) followed!) Remember the truth must be followed and that is what we have to do. Insha-Allah, will play this message again, one or two times so that the Ummah comes to know. South Africa and whoever else follows South Africa, today is the 1st Rabiul Awwal. We can’t be waiting for this organization and that organization to come to ‘consensus’.

The Mujlisul Ulama has announced it and that is good enough for us, we are satisfied, Alhamdulillah! Wama Taufeeqi illa billah. May Almighty Allah give us the ability to follow the truth without fear and favour. Jazakallah khairun my brother but I have to get this message out because so many people are sending me messages.

Question: “Mufti, you mentioned with regards to Hanafi School. Is there difference in other schools with regards to the sighting of the moon and testimonies?

Mufti AK Hoosen: According to the Shafis they have what they call : “Liqulli baladatin rooyatu hum”, i.e. Every town should go by its own sighting. But today if you take the Shafis, majority of them have left that verdict and they follow the Hanafi School. You will see in other months also, they have 4 or 5 places of sighting, and then they accept it. I mention particularly the Hanafi school because in the Hanafi school one sighting its sufficient everywhere. So therefore — and we know there was a sighting and the Ulama of Mujlisul Ulama accepted it– that’s fine. So to be on the safe side I just mentioned about the Hanafi School. But today the Shafis also follow the Hanafi School, most of them. So therefore we should remember, everybody accept it Alhamdulillah.

Those people or organisations who don’t want to accept it, we don’t impose upon you bhai, you can follow whatever you want to, we have confidence in Mujlisul Ulama and we follow them in this regard and I told you what unfolded the sequence of events, and I only saw these messages coming just now, so therefore I have to go on air. But not last night — only 1 to 2 messages. But now my phone is getting full I see. So many people sending messages saying that there is no consensus, well we are not interested in their consensus we say today is the 1 Rabiul Awwal 1438 Alhamdulillah!

Question: Mufti Sahib what seems to be the difference of opinion, or why consensus cannot be reached? I mean was it not straight forward like other months?

Mufti AK Hoosen: That you need to ask uucsa because they have their organisation and if one organisation says they are not satisfied then they must come on air on their radios stations or we are prepared to give them our platform and they must come and speak. I am not speaking on behalf of Mujlisul Ulama, I am just confirming that what Mujlisul Ulama did is 100 % correct, and we endorsed that Alhamdulillah! We have nothing to do with uucsa. We are not affiliated to them, and Alhamdulillah, we pass our own verdict so we say we agree 100% with Mujlisul Ulama. And if you don’t know who is Mujlisul Ulama, it is Hadhrat Maulana Ahmad Sadiq Desai Sahib (Hafizahullah) and his Ulama, and we have confidence on them regarding this issue and we say today is the 1 st Rabiul Awwal Alhamdulillah! 

[Comments by Mufti AK Hoosen issued by Jamiatul Ulama Northern Cape]

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