A MEETING WITH THE PAKISTAN VICE CONSULATE
The following questions were asked by Syad Ishtiaq Hussain Indrabi, Pakistan vice Consular (1992-1995), Manchester, U.K and answered by Mohummed Hanif, Director of Moon Research Centre, in the presence of Nasim Alam Rana (Chief Editor of Aina News) . This interview took place in September 1995.
Q1. Why is M.R.C interested in finding the solution to the Moon sighting issue?
A1. Nearly every Muslim today wishes that he/she celebrates Islamic festivals like Eid and Ramadan beginning on a same particular day in their town or city, but the policies adopted by different groups do not allow this to happen. In most towns or cities, the mosques run by different groups continue in a manner which shows no flexibility. Agreements are signed reluctantly and truce broken afterwards due to rigid policies. At the signing ceremony every group makes sure that the sentences of truce are written in such a way that the policy of their choice falls in to it.
If all groups in every town or city in Britain choose a single policy with a majority vote, then the unity can be achieved in that particular town or city, then the World Moon Sighting Committee will not be required. Thus, the wish of the Muslims in Britain will be fulfilled, with adoption of different policies (democratically) in different towns and cities. This system was tried and tested repeatedly in the past, but it failed to bring about any fruitful results. Ulama' - E - Kram were blamed for this failure of the system who believed that the policy adopted by their group alone was the right policy.
The majority of the groups wish that there was a central Moon Sighting Committee in the UK whose decision should be accepted by all groups but at the same time they are reluctant to accept the decisions made by the U.M.O. or another existing central moon sighting committee of Great Britain.