The Position Of Salatul Id Al Adha Essay

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THE POSITION OF SALATUL-ID AL-ADHA IN NIGERIA ON ARAFAT DAY IN SAUDI ARABIA

BY

DR. MUSTAPHA ISA QASIM
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ISLAMIC STUDIES SECTION) FACULTY OF EDUCATION
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

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The issue on moon sighting in Nigeria has been a serious problem in observing the two Muslim Festivals for so many years. It has been a source of controversy among Ulama and other members of the society, leading to starting and ending of the fasting of the month of Ramadan differently in this country. The paper discusses that Muslims are asked to look for the new moon when stating or ending the fast in the month of Ramadhan and the this criteria should be considered When two (2) reliable persons sighted the new moon or Completion of 30 days of the month of Sha’aban. Scholars view on Astronomical calculations were also highlighted and Differences of Matali or places of the Rising of the Heavenly bodies (Especially the Sun) were also acknowledged stated that if the distance between two places exceeds 2226 kilometers is binding but if it is less than that is not binding. The Position of salatul-id al-Adha in Nigeria on Arafah Day in Saudi Arabia were also provided explaining that Every Muslim community observes eid al-adha according to its own sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Hijjah. And all the scholars of Islam unanimously agreed that eid al- Adha is on the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah which is determined by sighting of the moon in each locality and not in the 10th of

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