By: Sheikh Mokhtar Maghraoui, August 2007

SubhanAllah arabic is so beautiful : “Linguistically, the word “hilal ” which occurs in the second text as well as
verses in the Qur’an, means a crescent – that is, something visible. The
derivative, “istahalla ” to the cry of an infant after birth. Hilal traditionally referred to a crescent that is at least one or two nights old and does not therefore refer to the birth of the moon or conjunction (muhaq)  which cannot be seen with the naked eye.” (Pg 7, PAPER-An Islamic Legal Analysis OF THE Astronomical Determination of the Begining Of Ramadan)