Eid moon was not sighted today in India and many parts of South Asia. In India Eid Al-Fitr 2012 is on Monday while in USA it is on Sunday
Eid moon has not been sighted in Delhi or anywhere in India. To be true, till 10: 40 PM, nowhere in the Indian peninsula, the Shawwal moon was visible. So Ahmad Bukhari of Delhi’s Shahjahani Masjid, better known as Jama Masjid Delhi has announced that the Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated across India on Monday, August 20, 2012.
Thankfully, we will not have to offer two separate Eid this year as we have been made to do repeatedly in the last few years. Despite so many scientific developments, Muslims, particularly in Asia have avoided using scientific means to resolve this issue of moon sighting. When the moon’s movements are known well in advance as to where it is and when it is visible in which part of the world, we have been insisting on its sighting by naked eyes.
We saw how confusing the issue of moon sighting was even during this Ramadan. Ulama of Deoband school after coming to know of moon sighting in same area like Patna, Lucknow and Guwahati decided to start the fasting for Ramadan in North India, while Barelawi ulama sitting in Bareilly and Mumbai said that they will stick to sighting of moon by naked eyes in every city where fast has to be observed.
For the maulanas sitting in their mosques or madrasas it may be a non-issue, but for the ummah as a whole it becomes embarrassing when government that has a public holiday on both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al Azha, has to struggle to decide as to when to announce the public holiday. It also shows the chinks among the Muslims and bring to the fore their differences.