Marhaban Ya Ramadhan Ya Karim
Brunei starts its Ramadhan today Saturday, 22 August 2009 after religious officials failed to sight the new moon last Thursday evening. Interestingly, the sermon in yesterday’s Friday prayer touched on the moon-sighting issue. Imams reading the sermon said that there should not be any questions asked or issue raised whenever the moon is not sighted. This is especially true when it comes to the Syawal month where the method of sighting of the moon is again use to determine the end of Ramadhan and the start of the Muslim festival.
I agree. Why should there be an issue on the results of the sighting of the moon? Some would say that other country has already started fasting and we havent. Well, for a start, we are of different locations. Also, this method of physically sighting for the moon is actually the afdal or better way to determine the start of any month particularly for Ramadhan and Syawal. The traditional method as followed by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is to look at the sky and visibly sight the crescent moon (Hilal) that marks the beginning of the month.
Alhamdulilah, so now we are able to meet Ramadhan again this year and may we be given with endless rewards and blessings in this holy month and get the best night of all nights, the Lailatul Qadar. Amin.