Prerequisites for Accepting the Sighting of the Crescent Signalling the Commencement of Shawwal

Fiqh, Moon Sighting / Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

a) If the skies are not clear or are obscured due to dust, smoke, mist, etc. then the testimony of 2 males or 1 male and 2 females is required.

b) If the skies are clear or unobscured, then as in the case of the month of Ramadhaan, the testimony of a large group that necessitates Dhann-e-Ghaalib is required.

Furthermore, in the remainder ten months of the year, i.e. other than Ramadhaan and Shawwal, the prerequisites for accepting sighting of the crescent are the same as in the month of Shawwal.

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