Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The moon will be late for the party

Instead of owning up to their mistake of starting Ramadan early, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states have declared that after completing 30 days of Ramadan, Thursday is going to be the first day of the month of Shawwal and thus the day of Eid celebrations. A few days ago I have explained here under the heading Which moon to follow? that the moon does not follow these declarations and will, unfortunately, turn up late for the celebrations. A great opportunity of salvaging what was lost at the beginning of Ramadan and working towards the unity of Muslims has been lost. And the problem perpetuates. Are we soon going to see the start of the lunar month being declared officially whilst we see the full moon shining brightly upon us? Maybe this is what it takes before people demand that our leaders get back in touch with reality.

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