Saudi Wahhabi scholar admits astronomical calculations are an innovation

Commenting on the following words of the Hanbali scholar, Muḥammad b. Badr al-Dīn Balbān [d. 1083 AH]  :

 “Ramaḍān enters by one of two ways:”
1. By sighting the crescent
2. By completing thirty days of Shᶜabān

[Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣirāt, 161]

The Salafi scholar says:

Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, says : “Those who seek to begin fasting the month of Ramaḍān by using astrological calculations have added and innovated into the religion that which Allāh and Messenger, prayers and peace upon  him, did not command us with.”
[Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, An Explanation of Akhṣar al-Mukhtasirāt, vol.2/pp. 60-61]

Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, then says:  …People try to oblige all of the Muslims to begin their fast at one time.  However, they fail to realize that this action of theirs is not the key to  uniting the Muslims. Rather,that which will unite the Muslims is adhering to the correct creed based upon the Qurᵓān and the Sunnah according to the interpretations of the pious predecessors (i.e. al-Salaf  al-Ṣāliḥ)… Imām Mālik b. Anas [d. 179 AH], may Allāh have mercy on him, said:  ‘The latter of this nation will not be rectified except by that which  rectified its beginning.’
[Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, An Explanation of Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣirāt, vol.2/pg. 62]


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