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Observatory to broadcast live observation of Eid Crescent on 29th Ramadan
Wednesday July 23, 2014 11:27 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

The Islamic Crescents' Observation Project (ICOP) announced Wednesday that it will broadcast live the observation of the Eid Crescent on Sunday July 27 from Amman in Jordan. The entire event will also be live broadcast on the Internet so that visitors can see the observation process in detail.

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“In case the crescent is visible, the visitor will be the first to see it along with the observers. The technique we are using CCD Imaging. This is a new technology used for crescent sighting,” it said in a statement.

ICOP added that CCD imaging is done by taking many photos for the location of the crescent, which can go up to as many as 300 photos. Then these photos are combined into one photo by a dedicated software.

“This technique surpasses the naked eye observation and the telescope, as the crescent can be seen at daytime, even if the crescent cannot be seen by naked eye or by the telescopes. Thus, we usually start this kind of observation early morning, and we keep following the crescent until sunset and moonset.

"We leave aside whether this kind of observation is accepted by Shariah (Islamic) point of view or not. We just do a scientific work, and then it is up to the authorities to consider it or not,” ICOP said in the statement.

More details can be found on ICOP website http://www.icoproject.org/live.html.

Meanwhile, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice has issued a decision to set up the moon-sighting committee for the month of Shawwal, Hijri 1435. The committee will hold the meeting after Maghreb prayer on Sunday, the 29th of Ramadan, Hijri 1435, corresponding to July 27, 2014 at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.

Moon-sighting committees in India have also appealed the fellow Muslims to look for the eid crescent on 29th of Ramadan which coincides in India and the neighbouring countries on Monday July 28.

At the same time they have appealed the Muslims to refrain from unnecessary and wild speculations on the Eid moon.

"Look for the Eid crescent on 29th Ramadan. If it is seen, fare. Otherwise, count one more day and fast on the 30th of Ramadan. This is in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)", Dr. Iqbal said while talking to ummid.com.

 




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