Supreme Council of Ulama Chairman Sheikh Dr Imran Shareef says it is illogical for Muslims in Malawi to observe Eid Adha on Wednesday.
In its press statement, the chairperson says Muslims who haven’t gone to hajj are supposed to fast when their friends are performing hajj rituals at the Mountain of Arafat.
“We would like to ask all Muslims in the country that Eid is on Tuesday. This is so because those who are in Makkah for Hajj will observe Arafat on Monday and it is not wise for someone to say people should fast on Tuesday.
“Previously, it was making sense because we had a communication barrier – it was very difficult to realize whether Muslims in Makkah were standing at the Mount of Arafat or not. But now with the advancement of technology, we are able to see and verify the sighting of the moon in time and without hitches,” he said.
Dr Shareef who is conversant in Shariah has since asked his fellow sheikhs not to follow hadith for Ramadan which says Muslims are supposed to fast when they see the moon and break when they see the moon in their country.
“So, can that Hadith apply to the month of Dhulhija where we only fast only 10 days? This fasting has its own rules. You fast when Muslims in Makkah are on Arafat and this will be on Monday. Again the important day in this month is the day of Arafat,” said Chancellor College lecturer.