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Moonsighting Discussion at Hujjat

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48909058.crescent_pbaseOn Saturday 5th September 2009

Presentation on Moonsighting by Dr Usama Hassan

Q&A session thereafter with Dr Hassan; Jafferbhai Dharamsi and Sheikh Mustafa Jaffer

Every year there is a controversy about moon sighting around Ramadan and Eid. This session will aim to explain the science behind moon sighting, the issues that need to be taken into consideration and the tools available to help. Rulings from Agha Sistani will be clarified for the benefit of the community.

Dr. Usama Hasan is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at Middlesex University, a former Planetarium Lecturer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and has researched for the Islamic Sharia Council, London. He is also the Imam of Al-Tawhid Mosque, Leyton, London .

In 1998 Dr. Hasan received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, University of London. Prior to that Dr. Hasan received MA (Hons.) Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge and MSc (Distinction) Mathematics at King’s College, London.

Dr. Hasan’s background is the Ahl-e-Hadith branch of Islam. He successfully memorized the Qur’an at the age of eleven and has continued training in the traditional Islamic sciences ever since he has been in the UK.

Dr. Hasan has served as a voluntary, part-time imam at various mosques in London and Cambridge for over 20 years. He has worked with the Islamic Sharia Council UK for the last four years, and hosted a weekly Question-and-Answer TV programme about Islamic Law on the popular English-language Islamic satellite channel, Islam Channel.

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