Moon hunting..

Running off to roof tops on the 29th, right after Maghrib prayers is the best part of Ramadan for young and old alike. One can see heads pooping up in the dark in almost every roof in the neighborhood. Today, though all the people searching for the crescent have left disappointed. There was no sign of the moon.

The Royet Halal Committee’s meeting is still in progress. It’s been announced that the Tarawi will take place as usual.

The Chaand Raat activities may just have to wait another day.

27 Comments so far

  1. Balma (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

    All this because science and maths say doori.
    Bhaiyoun aur khwaateen, doesn’t Quran say that Moon and Sun have a pattern they follow.
    As far as I can tell, and I ain’t no astronomy expert, one can calculate new moon for any point in time in advance..perhaps hor eid in the year 2073…bhaiyou’n aur khwateen, yeh koi chance per thoRee hae! keh dil chahaa toe chand nikal aayaa, dil chaahaa toe nahee’n.

    But, no – the fanatics want to see with their own fucking eyes…. rather than understanding the concept…that what was meant was new moon…it is the same old bullshit with Muslims….Miswak vs. cleaning their teeth, moon visible to naked eye vs. new moon….two mullas may murhee haraam! Down with Mullahs.

  2. Reality_Check (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    Chaand nikley kissi Janib teri Zaibaee Ka
    Rang Badley kissi Surat Shab-e-Tanhai Ka

    BALMA chill out let the Mullahs have their fun too…..they wait for a whole year for this.

  3. Neena (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

    It’s a conspriacy so we all remain divided ;). I wonder how Saudi and Irani governments deals it. Some of our people follow them blindly but Eid Chand is something else right :D.

  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    science & tech ?

    well well well, i reached home gate at Ifftar azan of maghrib, after namaz i dosed off…….
    I did not realised so many would be looking for me,

    Sorry, I will be home saturday and promise to be visible soon at Maghrib azan,

    regret inconvenience,


  5. kaduna2003 (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

    Sure the moon sighting can be calculated. And it often is. And using that method is fine and a lot of masjid rely on that. But that is not the point.

    I do miss the days when as a child i used to run up to the roof top after iftari with all the friends trying to sight the moon. And once i had seen it, it was the happiest moment of my life. Id run around telling everyone that it was eid tomorrow and the whole house would come alive with preperation for eid.

    Looking at a chart just isnt the same thing. When i do have my kids, i would not want them to miss out on the little pleasures of life. I do plan to take them to the roof top and share the uncertainty and the excitement with them.

    Thanks God for the small pleasures of life. Without them, we’d become clogs of a machine. And i like to rage against the machine :)

  6. Balma (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    chhotay loge, chhoTee khushyaa’n.

    Bhai Kaduna2003: expand your horizon, sitaaro’n say aagay jahaan aur bhee hai’n….

    But, I see your point. Anyone rememeber the article from high school Urdu book called “Mussarrat”?

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm


    It is not about Mullah, –

    It is about what is in Quran – Alright –

    Start fasting when you witness the moon of Ramzan, ‘WITNESS’ means a crowd of people who gather and SEE the moon., and their gathering is not in call of some ‘false invitation’ but specific to MOON Sighting.

    STOP FASTING when you WITNESS the moon of Shawwal –

    and i hope you know that 1,2,3 of shawwal are Eid-ul-Fitr days – these 3 days are among those 6 days of the Islamic calender in which ROZA is Haram.

    In such case MULLAH is totally handicap to the presence of commoners of the society or those who detest mullahs & vice versa :) :)

    SO CHILL, there is no controversy to Moon sighting in GCC, KSA.

    It is only about where Pakistani Muslims are 2nd class citizens.

  8. Reality_Check (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    Ok JAMAL I now give you two interesting scenario’s;

    Northern regions of this planet like Scandanavia and others experience at places six months perpetual day and six months perpetual night, so muslims living there cannot do anything related to moon sighting.They have the option of fasting six months w/o break and that will count to one roza, I wonder how many will survive. So Muslims there have agreed on some formula to observe Ramzaan by mutual consent, which by the way clearly violates injunctions of Quran as stated. Can they do that?, who gave them the authority? They should fast for six months and count it as one.

    Second scenario requires a bit of imagination. Consider by any chance in next 50-100-150+ years Muslims start living in space colonies established by obviously non-Muslims on the Moon itself + other planets like Mars etc. Then which Moon they will WITNESS to start their fast? Chand pe khare hein aur chand nazar nahein a raha, that would be some dilemma.

  9. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

    Reality – The Quran & Sunnah have clear message for Scandinavina Scenario –

    They shall observe Ramzan (Ramadan) in coordination with the ‘CLOSEST of Muslim Majority area’. and it is so far not challanged.

    – about outter space :) – u are tickling me and i have no reply to that , SMART move. :)

    Indian – :) from this blog someone, somehow will now keep track of your IP.

    shall i post again the link of what happens in Hindustan ??? – with their own GAWDS…!

  10. Zee (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    Mr Indian got a new nick up as his ass now cuz he is missing something that was shoved up his ass right after puberty by a Pakistani :)

    To ALL: Must we make EVERY LITTLE GOD DAMN POST political or drag religion? Sheeshh.. Blama, dude, u need mental help!

  11. kaduna2003 (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    @ Zee
    Well said. Too many folks here take the easy way out and blame everything on religion. Regardless of the topic or issue.
    The trouble with this approach is it provides an easy way out to not improve the self and externalizes the problem. Here’s hoping the folks grow up. Eventually :)

  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 12:26 am

    In nutshell :D

    13 October is not EID. What is the problem :)

    Balmay…. you are culprit your Keyboard shall be taken away from you for FEW DAYS. :P

  13. Reality_Check (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 12:31 am

    JAMAL Thats an IJMAH, but some would say that you cannot have Ijmah on what is clearly stated in the book. Thats the logic used Ulema in other instances, where interpretation is required. A catch 22? hmmmm

    The fact is that there are no absolutes in this universe, and change is the only constant. You will change even if you dont want to…there is no choice.

    Sukoon Mohaal he Qudrat ke Kaarkhane mein
    Sabaat ek Taghiayur ko hey zamane mein

    As for Mr.INDIAN just ignore him please….

  14. Reality_Check (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 1:03 am

    BTW outer space living is even now a reality, ppl do live at the space station, dont they?

  15. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    reality we are drifiting from topic

    .. so I would not add more..

    so many are upset of not sighting me, i never knew :)

    Someone send an sms to me –

    Moulana Munneb Ke family ladies kai kapray darzi nai nahi tay-yar karay iss wajah sai delay ho gai eid.

    :) smile, its EID on sunday :) Long sleep hours….. after EID ki namaz….. Cell phone off, computer away from reach ………! after 30 days… ! wah wah, :) Real life begins now…

    I posted too much here & there in ramadan…!

  16. kaduna2003 (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 1:24 am

    There have been muslims in space. Even this ramadan, a malaysian is on board the International Space Station and he is fasting, praying and will also celebrate Eid in space.

    Malaysia has published an official booklet for Muslim astronaut in consultation with islamic scholars. Look it up if anyone is interested.

  17. Neena (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    Gals n Guys,

    Have fun on Eid day.

    Visit for you Chand.

  18. Abdullah Sohail (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 9:25 am

    “and i hope you know that 1,2,3 of shawwal are Eid-ul-Fitr days – these 3 days are among those 6 days of the Islamic calender in which ROZA is Haram.”

    Ummm…small correction, its the three day of Eid-ul-Adha when we can’t keep fast and only the first day of Eid-ul-Fitar when fasting is haram. The 2 and 3 of shawwal are alright to keep fast, i.e not haram

    Wishing u all a happy eid mubarak

  19. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

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  20. marsha (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

    I was blog surfing and ran across your blog. I’ve been trying to understand the comments left on this post. The people seem a little uptight…and I’m not really sure why.

  21. Kashif (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

    chand nazar agaya :)

  22. Mr Moon :) (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    Empire state building turned green,2933,301541,00.html

  23. GI Joe (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 3:00 am

    “heads pooping up in the dark”
    LOL :)

  24. IRFAN (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 7:18 am
  25. Zee (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 10:47 am


  26. original-faisal (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Joyous Eid Greetings…

    May Allah shower us mercilessly
    with various dry fruits.

  27. teymour (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    speaking of the eid ka chand i remembered a joke a dearly departed friend of mine once told me when we had been fighting over why we need the roowat e hilal committee to sight the moon… it goes like this:

    One night a father calls out to his son asking: “beta tum yeh chat(roof) par itnee raat gaye kya kar rahey ho”

    the son replies: Abba main chand dekh raha hoon.

    the father replies: Beta ‘chand’ say kaho jakay so jaye buhut raat hogayee hai…


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