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Sighting of the Moon, Zakaat ul Fitr and Eid ul Fitr – Course 11

Course Duration 02 : 23 : 02

Sighting of the moon for Ramadan, Zakat al Fitr for Muslims, and Eid al Fitr are the topics today. We will also look at the dua of sighting the new moon of Ramadan.

Sighting of the Moon and Dua of Sighting the New Moon of Ramadan

Sighting of the moon is essential for Muslims to start Ramadan and every other Islamic month. The dua of sighting the new moon of Ramadan is:

"O Allah, let the crescent moon appear over us with security and Iman; with peace and Islam; and with ability, for us to practice such actions which you love. (O Moon) your creator and my creator is Allah."

This Ramadan moon sighting dua holds significance in searching for the moon. In the Ramadan moon sighting dua, we ask Allah to make it easy for us to sight the moon. Reciting the Ramadan moon sighting dua is not compulsory, but it can be recited like any other dua.

How to Sight the Moon for Ramadan

The dua of sighting the new moon of Ramadan can be recited. Astronomical measurements shouldn't be used. Only eyesight should be used to identify the crescent of Ramadan. Two Shadaahs are enough to start and stop fasting. Ramadan moon sighting dua must be recited in the nights when searching for the moon.

We should not use astronomical measurements to verify the Shadaahs as it can lead us to doubt the Shadaah of Muslim brothers.

A telescope is permitted as we use our eyes to see the moon. It just boosts our eyesight.

Zakat al Fitr

Zakat al Fitr is an obligatory charity. Zakat and Zakat al Fitr differentitate as:

  • It is a fixed amount
  • It is in the form of food
  • It must be given by every Muslim unless he is miskeen or too poor.
  • How much to give for zakat al Fitr? It is a fixed amount equal to about 3 kilos of rice, barley, oats, etc., and about ½ kg of wheat.

When do You pay Zakat al Fitr?

Zakat al Fitr is paid before the Eid al Fitr Salaah or within 3 days before it. Not before or after this period.

Eid al Fitr

Eid al Fitr meaning is a custom in Islam that brings happiness every year.

It is a celebration for Muslims for completing their fasts during Ramadan. Fitr is for three days. Eid al Fitr starts at the end of Ramadan. The first three days of Islamic month Shawaal are Eid al Fitr.

Join us for the detailed individual sessions on these topics; Dr. Zakir Naik will answer all our questions. Enroll in our course to learn more.