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An insight into moon sighting (II)

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By Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad



Recall the different occasions during the time of the Prophet where a number of people testified that they, as individuals, sighted the new moon; there is the possibility that these individuals erred or even lied. The Prophet on one occasion questioned the witness about his faith and upon hearing his testimony of faith, the Prophet commanded Bilal to announce the month of Ramadan. Advocates of astronomical calculations respond to this by saying that the witnesses were Bedouins who were skilled at knowing the start and end of lunar months so their reports were more likely to be accurate. The reality is even if we were to accept this assumption, those who use this argument do not accept testimony even from someone skilled and experienced unless it is confirmed by astronomy; their criterion is astronomy and not experience in moon-sighting. The acceptance of the Prophet of such testimony is a clear guidance for us to follow without any reluctance.


Nigeria, where thousands fights millions, billions and trillions

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By Prince Charles Dickson

In the last few weeks I have tried to reflect and make sense out of the labour war with government over N600 per day. The fight for N18K a month, the more I reflect on it, the less sense I seem to be able to make of it.


An insight into Moon sighting (I)

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By Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Similarly, we can also say that we have two types of months; the first is the legal month, which is known as Ramadan and the second is the astronomical (scientific) one, which is the 9th month of the lunar calendar. All Islamic rulings are based upon the first month which may or may not coincide with the astronomical month.


Backdoor to dictatorship

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By Seun Kolade

It started as a rumour, but now we have the official confirmation that the Goodluck Jonathan administration is, in fact embarking on a tenure, elongation agenda which it is selling as a single term project. In a statement released by Reuben Abati, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, the presidency stated that “the costs of conducting party primaries and general elections have become too high for the economy to accommodate every four years.


The local governments and Nigeria's fiscal policy

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By Ugo Jim-Nwoko

The call and need for national economic transformation which has been brought to the front-burner of national discuss by the President Jonathan's political and campaign clichés have made it worth the while for us to have another look at the third tier of government in Nigeria and its potentials towards the national transformation agenda.

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