Ikhtilaaf al-Mataali’e

Fiqh, Moon Sighting

Matala refers to the place of rising of the moon. The moon is born in different parts of the world and accordingly will rise and set at different times depending on the various geographic locations. Thus, the moon will rise and will be visible at a particular place and might not be visible at another place at the same time due to the latter having different moonrise and set times.

Based on the above, two questions arise: Is this concept of ikhtilaaf-e-Mataali’e recognised in the Shari;ah, and will it be considered for calendar purposes?

September 26, 2010

Madinah – The city of the Prophet

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Dawah & Tabligh, Hadith & Seerah, History & Biography

Friends have invited me to give a talk on Madinah, describing what I saw there, and I have readily agreed. As a Persian poet has said: “To talk of the beloved is no less pleasant than to meet him.”

I do not know when I first heard of Makkah and Madinah. Like all Muslim children, I was brought up in an environment in which Hijaz (Arabia) and Makkah and Madinah were household words. I, distinctly, remember people saying Makkah, Madinah together as if these were the same. When they took the name of one of them, they, generally, mentioned that of the other as well. I, thus, came to imagine that Makkah and Madinah were not two different places, but one, and learnt to appreciate the difference only as I grew up. It, then, became clear that these were two different towns separated from each other by over 300 kilometers.

January 21, 2010