Not all the writers on this blog come from ancient scholarly families and have the word ”Sayyid” posted as our first name on our Iranian passports. I am a layperson when it comes to jurisprudential issues, but would like to raise one peculiarity with you guys.
Ramadhan has either ended, or is coming to an end, depending on who you ask. And it is that confusion that confuses me. Ramadhan is a month, not a concept. It has finite boundries and, being a lunar month, its start and end are determined by the birth of the new moon. So…if the moon is born, and we know it is born because 21st century science tells us it has been born, why can we not just take that for granted and use this to start/end our fast? Perhaps I am being simplistic, but in an age where we can tell for certain when our lunar month is supposed to start, why must we rely on the naked eye?
We use these measurements to determine the time for prayer. Heck, I would love to use the naked eye for that, it was so gloomy last week that I could have been having my shoorbat addass for breakfast. So why do we change the goal-posts when it comes to determining the new month?
These are not rhetorical questions I am asking, but would sincerely like to hear your views.
And…Eid mubarak to all of you!