Perhaps the Night Was Mighty Dark So They Could Hardly See

…because the moon refused to shine?

Ooops! Did They Get Ramadan Wrong?

When is Ramadan? The Muslim world determines this by astronomy. Now some believe that the star-gazers got it wrong.

“The Muslim world is in turmoil over the possibility that it may have misread the skies and mistaken Saturn for the moon when it declared Ramadan and its daily fasting over last week, causing the devout to starting feast a day early.

Sighting of the new moon crescent has always been difficult and a special Hilal panel, or moon-sighting committee, receives testimonies from veteran Muslim moon gazers that in fact the lunar month is over. Religious authorities in Saudi Arabia declared Ramadan ended last Monday August 29 and the three-day Id al-Fitr festivities could begin.

Many nations follow the rulings from Saudi Arabia, but not all of the Muslim world accepted this year’s decision. In Indonesia, there was such doubt that the astronomers and Muslim bodies extended the Ramadan fast for another day and didn’t celebrate the Id until sundown Tuesday.

Saudi and Egyptian astronomers, too, questioned the veracity of the moon sighting and issued a statement saying there was no way it could have been sighted last Monday because it had eclipsed before sunset. If they saw anything, it was the planet Saturn and not the moon, the astronomers said.

10 Responses to “Perhaps the Night Was Mighty Dark So They Could Hardly See”

  1. David Crawford says:

    I just wonder how long it’ll take them to blame their mistake on Jewish trickeration.

  2. aelfheld says:

    Monsters from the Id!

  3. JeffS says:

    Monsters from the Id!

    Paging Leslie Nielsen! Paging Leslie Nielsen! You’re wanted on the sub-space radio! Something a monster from the Id, and your deft hand being needed.

  4. JeffS says:

    BTW……has anyone here who star gazed ever mistaken Saturn for the waning (not “eclipsing”) moon?

    It’s really hard to do. Really hard. As in, “You’d have to be blind stinking drunk to make that mistake” hard.

  5. Skyler says:

    Don’t tell them how to do astronomy. They mastered it 1400 years ago when the western world hadn’t yet invented telescopes and orbital mechanics and landed men on the moon and machines on mars and mercury and venus and intercepted comets and put satellites in orbit around the sun to observe both sides at once and sent satellites outside the solar system and put in a system of GPS satellites and . . .

    Yeah, don’t tell them how to do their job.

  6. Greg Newson says:

    They should have looked in the Farmer’s almanac.

  7. JeffS says:

    Don’t tell them how to do astronomy.

    Was that before they discovered America? Or later?

  8. Mr. Bingley says:

    I think David got it right. I mean, it’s not like the movement of the planets haven’t been charted for, oh, hundreds of years.

    Must be a Mossad Zionist plot.

  9. major dad says:

    Can you say dumbasses?

  10. BlackDog says:

    Its not Ramadan, its Saturnalia!!!!!!!!
    Toga! Toga! Toga!

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