Question: Assalamu alaikum
Is Hilaal (new moon) determinations of Saudi Arabia valid? Do they actually go by the physical sighting of the moon?
Wa alaikum As Salaam,
Yes, it is valid for those who live in Saudi Arabia, not for those outside. The grand Muftis of Saudi Arabia have given the official fatawa (verdict) that those living outside the Kingdom must not go with Saudi’s sighting. Instead, they should go with their own region’s sighting.
We are told that they go by Physical sighting of the moon.
And Allah Knows Best.
Mufti Waseem Khan.