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"The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year) - so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth...."
(Q9:36).

"It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory, and the moon to be a light of beauty, and measured out stages for it, that you might know the number of years and the count of time. Allah did not create this except in truth and righteousness. And He explains His signs in detail, for those who understand"
(Q10:5).


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The Hijrah Fallacy

by merahza

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"The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year) - so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth...." (Q9:36).

"It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory, and the moon to be a light of beauty, and measured out stages for it, that you might know the number of years and the count of time. Allah did not create this except in truth and righteousness. And He explains His signs in detail, for those who understand" (Q10:5).

With the above passages from the Quran, it is clear and confirmed by science that the moon orbits the Earth twelve times during the Earth orbits the sun in approximately 354 days. And mankind observing this phenomena has learned to count days and nights, by observing the moon and the sun, and to formulate a calender system either by lunar, or the solar system.

Either way, man has got a counting device to measure time in days, months and years.

The calender is very useful for mankind to schedule his activities, be it for social, business, agricultural, and since the creation of religion by man himself, it is a tool to mark "holy" days for his paganistic events and rituals.

The Hijrah, was setup for religious rituals purposes, and its inventor, decided to go lunar counting, as opposed to the Christian calender (Gregorian - named after Pope Gregory), which is solar based because this would set them apart from the Christians - to be different. Well, the decision to be different put them side-by-side with the Taoist, Bhuddist, and the Hindus, whom use the lunar system.

Fine, whichever method, solar, or lunar, there is nothing wrong in creating a calender for counting time, but the Hijrah was meant to be strictly followed for religious activities, e.g. prayers, fasting, pilgrimage etc., and this is where the fallacy lies.

As we know it, the Hijrah being lunar, has twelve months, and 29/30 days in a month, and therefore does not apply the 7days/week method as the Gregorian. The names of days correspond to the moon cycle, which is day 1,2,3 - 29/30. This is in fact, the same with all the other lunar calender system, which are being practiced by the Chinese, Indians, etc.

Now, the big religious question is, how did "Holy Friday" get into the Hijrah? There is no Friday in the lunar based Hijrah as there is no 7days/week system! Only the Gregorian has the 7days/week system and Friday is the 5th day of the 7 days/week.

It is very clear now that the holy Friday prayer (Jumaat) is following the Gregorian Friday, and the question is - Is there really a Friday prayer to start with? Nothing is mentioned in the Quran about this! I'm not going to delve into this, but the question is even if there is such a prayer, why is it scheduled on the Gregorian Friday? The answer is simple - they forgot about this when they concocted the Hijrah, and the choice of the lunar method does not allow for the 7days/method to be scientifically incorporated into the Hijrah (full stop)!

Ok, lets say they will argue that there is a day called Friday (5th day) in the Hijrah, then there is only one 5th day in a month, and so it would be a monthly prayer instead of weekly.

Again...ok...they will argue and say that there is a 7day/week system in the Hijrah, then how come it correspond to the Gregorian Friday all the time, whilst it is a fact that the Lunar Hijrah days/months/years never correspond to the Gregorian day/week/month/year. The Hijrah Friday would always fall on other Gregorian days and maybe on certain period it would correspond to the Gregorian Friday, but not every week!

Their fasting month of Ramadan attest to this clearly. Whilst they try hard every Hijrah year to be very accurate in proclaiming the start and end of the fast, they blindly (and unashamedly) remix the Gregorian Friday into the new month every year...if the first day of Ramadan falls on the Gregorian Friday... the first day of Ramadan begins on Friday...then, happily and conveniently - they pray...and fast, of course.

Now, as we look into the history of the Hijrah itself (according to Islamic Hijrah experts), briefly, the first day of the Hijrah correspond to the day Muhammad fled Mecca for Medina circa (mind you approximates only) 622 A.D. Since the date given is 'circa', there's no proof that that event took place on the first day of the new moon! Take note that the Hijrah was not conceptualized until 638 A.D. (approx. again), which means by simple mathematics the Hijrah was invented after 16 years in Medina.

As history has it, Muhammad remained for approximately 10 years in Mecca after the Quran was revealed to him. That means the Hijrah was only incorporated 26 years after Muhammad received the Quran.

The big religious question is - How did Muhammad and his followers perform all the rituals of prayers, fasting, and pilgrimage for 26 years before the Hijrah was invented. The only calender being used then, would be the Julian (now Gregorian), and it certainly seems odd that the so called 'Muslims' perform their rituals according to the Julian calender, as the Quran never make any reference to the Julian/Gregorian months of Jan-Dec, nor the days Mon-Sun ?

Since all the historical dates pertaining to Muhammad are 'circa' based, its difficult to determine if Muhammad was around to witness the implementation of the Hijrah, and whats more with all the events having conflicting 'circa' dates it turns any research on this matter into a mind boggling and futile enterprise. Whichever way one looks at it, whats apparent now is that the Hijrah was established after his demise, because his reign as the messenger supposedly only lasted 20 years!

However, one thing is sure, at least according to the Islamic historians and writers - the Hijrah was initiated by one of the companions, and not Muhammad himself, and that to me is the suggestion that he might not have been around.

In summation...when the tool that is used to schedule events, or rituals is inaccurate, and unreliable then the event/ritual that depends on it becomes questionable, or if it should ever take place? One could expect some explanations on this matter coming from them, but I can assure you it would be nothing more than some mathematical nonsense. It surely is something for the 'Muslims' to think about, and mind you this is year 2007, and they are still fumbling in their religion. Mathematically speaking, the Hijrah calendar, at best could only be labelled as 'Conjecture'.

The above verse (Q10:5) ends with "...for those who understand", obviously, these people don't understand!

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