Moon Sighting

May 9, 2022 | Miscellaneous

Q: Can astronomical data be used to corroborate or reject testimonies of a positive moon sighting in the Hanafi School?

A: Most of the texts were against using astronomy in relation to moonsighting.  A minority permitted it.

It’s worth noting that the birth of the new moon is scientifically unequivocal (qat’i), whereas visibility is not, it s probabilistic (zanni).  So testimonies should not be rejected based on expected visibility.

Answered by Shaykh Bilal Brown

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