My thanks to Mrs J. Khan for forwarding us the following news:
Saudi Arabia’s Mistake in Announcing Eid al-Fitr Angers Muslims Worldwide
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Jeddah Astronomy Society’s mistake in sighting of
the new moon in Saudi Arabia has angered the many Muslim nations who
followed suit and pronounced Tuesday as Eid al-Fitr wrongly. The
society had said that people actually saw the planet Saturn and not
the crescent moon that marks the beginning of the Islamic month of
On the other hand, we have the following news from Saudi Arabia in arabnews.com:
Astronomer threatened with lawsuit for doubting Eid moon sighting
“JEDDAH: A number of conservative scholars have threatened to sue
Saudi astronomer and scientist Khaled Al-Zaaq for doubting the
testimony of citizens who reported to the Hilal panel (moon sighting
committee) that the Shawwal crescent was visible on Ramadan 29 (Aug.
After confirming the veracity of the sighting by the people who had
reported to the panel, the committee declared the end to the fasting
month of Ramadan and signaled the advent of Eid Al-Fitr the next day
Comment by Dr. Zahid Aziz:
So now we have a conflict: Did they see the moon or was it Saturn?
My solution: Please declare that Saturn is the moon. As you have
declared Ahmadis to be non-Muslim, you are equally entitled to declare
the planet Saturn as being the moon that orbits the earth!