Moon-sighting controversy

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Immediately after iftar, many witnesses in NWFP came forward to say they had sighted the moon. Since only two witnesses are required, why did the NWFP mullahs and government delay the announcement of Eid until 11 pm, and only after Saudi Arabia announced that the Shawal moon had been sighted there? Was it because the mullahs were scared that if the moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia, their credibility would be reduced to zero?

Shakir Lakhani
The News, September 26, 2009