SBIA to allow Community Input on Decision to use Calculations over Moonsighting for marking Islamic Months and Dates sign now

In the Name of Allah, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful,

We the undersigned, humbly request that the leadership of South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) reconsider their decision to drop the sacred tradition and Sunnah of moon sighting in favor of calculations for marking the beginning of Islamic months for the following reasons:

1. From its inception in 1978, SBIA has been committed to preserving the traditions and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (S), his family, and his close companions (May Allah be pleased with them all). These traditions include determining the beginning and ending of Islamic calendar months through moon sighting. This ideal is based on the love of our community towards our beloved Prophet (S) and his traditions which we, as a community will pass on to generations that come after us.

2. SBIA has been one of the leading organizations in support of moon sighting for the past 30+ years, and it hosted the first ever "Moon sighting Conference," held in the Bay Area at SBIA Downtown Center in 2007. At this conference, many leaders of different masaajid and organizations came together to devise a streamlined procedure for verifying moon sighting claims and to keep the tradition alive.

3. Decisions affecting the Islamic practice of SBIA members should be based on consultation with the community. Moreover, SBIA has measured the Islamic calendar by moon sighting for the past 30+ years. However, the SBIA leadership instituted this drastic change in procedure without allowing SBIA board members or community members the chance to give their input.

4. Many of the founding members of SBIA as well as their children and other community members are in support of moon sighting, and are unpleasantly surprised that this change has occurred without any explanation from the leadership of SBIA. There is no mention on the SBIA website, no email was sent out, and no announcements were made that SBIA is now following the calculation method.

5. Determining the date of Eid-ul-Adha is an issue separate from determining the beginning and end of Ramadan. Some celebrate Eid-ul-Adha along with Saudi Arabia, while others prefer celebrate it according to local moon sighting. Currently, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) follows the calculation method for Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, but follows the date set by Saudi Arabia to determine Eid-ul-Adha. If SBIA's decision is based on the ISNA Fiqh Council's criteria, it will be difficult to correctly determine the date of Eid-ul-Adha according to calculations only. If SBIA is to change its method of determining Eid-ul-Adha as well, a separate decision should be made on that matter.

6. While we agree that unity is important, we recognize that unity does not imply uniformity. In the fundamental tenets of our faith, we are all united -- let there be no mistake about that. However, unity should not come at the expense of following what we believe to be correct methodology. Our small differences should be seen as a blessing. Accordingly, we can continue healthy relationships with our brethren who follow calculations in spite of our disagreement with them.

In conclusion, both old and new members of SBIA request that the Board of Directors allow the community to give input on the pros and cons of changing from the moon sighting to the calculation method of determining the Islamic months and dates, so that a better and more informed decision and explanation can be made.

Wa Ma Alainaa Illal Balaagh (And we but convey the message)

JazakAllahu Khairan

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  • 23 December 2015100. Aisha Paizr
    Why such important decision was made without community inputs. I think this leadership should explain there move in front of the community.
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    Moon sighting not calculation
  • 26 February 201479. Farzana K
    Prophet Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] mentioned Ramadan and said, "Do not fast unless you see the crescent (of Ramadan), and do not give up fasting till you see the crescent (of Shawwal), but if the sky is overcast (if you cannot see
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    SBIA has been a custodian of the sunnah since its establishment. As such, the organization is expected to maintain standards when diverging from the established sunnah, through transparency and public discourse. A decision of this magnitude has been taken

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