COTABATO CITY – The Muslims’ sacred month of Ramadan will begin on June 6, Monday, Islamic ministers here have said.
As stated by Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan of the Darul Ifta (House of Opinion) for Maguindanao and Cotabato, the moon was located in Malaysia, and that fasting will begin Monday. There was no glimpse in the Philippines.
Ramadan is the ninth of the 12-month Hijra lunar-based calendar, and is viewed as the holiest month in Islam, as it was considered this month that God’s Revelations in the Qur’an were finished, as stated by history of Islam.
Devotees of Islam will abstain from food, drink and marital sex from sunrise to nightfall in 29 to 30 days.
Fasting was practiced by biblical prophets and followers of early Abrahamic religions, including Christianity (Acts 13:2; 14:23 I Corinthians 7:1-5; Matthew 6:16-18; Daniel 1:8-14; II Kings 24:13-14). In the Qur’an, the Muslims are taught: “Fasting is prescribed unto you, as it was prescribed unto those before you, that ye may learn self-restraint in piety” (2:128)
For a considerable length of time, Muslim scholars have difficulity to solve issues on whether moon-locating ought to be by the exposed eye, or that it could be valid using the present day scientific instruments.
Alim Abdulmuhmin Mujahid, executive director of the Regional Dharul Ifta (House of Opinion) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RDI-ARMM) said his office has provided a set of Newtonian reflector telescope to each of their five provincial offices in the region, and in addition to the Dharul Ifta of ulama (scholars) in Zamboanga Peninsula to help in the moon locating.
With accuracy in advanced astronomical instruments, Mujahid said the RDI-ARMM expect to address conflicting views that Filipino Muslims had held in lunar estimating, everytime Ramadan was going to begin or end.