Sadra Darbar Sharif’s followers in 40 villages of Chandpur always observe most religious festivals like Ramadan, Eid, Shab-e-Barat, Shab-e-Meraj and Shab-e-Qadr in accordance with the dates of such practices in Saudi Arabia .
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries announced they would celebrate Eid on Monday as the crescent moon for the Islamic month of Shawwal was not sighted there.
However, Afghanistan, Niger and Mali said they would be watching the occasion on Sunday after receiving reports of moon sightings.
In Bangladesh, Sadra and Shamespur villages in Chandgpur’s Hajiganj and Badarpur in Patuakhali Sadar Upazila also celebrated Eid on Sunday.
An Eid congregation led by Mufti Allama Zakaria Chowdhury Al Madani was held in the grounds of the Sadra Darbar Sharif Madrasa in the morning. Zakaria is one of the Pirs or Muslim cleric of Sadra Darbar Sharif.
Another cleric, Mufti Baki Billah Mishkat Chowdhury, said they mark Eid and other occasions, such as the start of Ramadan, after the moon has been sighted anywhere in the world, in accordance with the teachings of the Hanafi, Maliki and Hanbali schools of Islam.
The Hanafi school is one of the four major schools of Sunni Islamic legal analysis and a treasure trove of positive law. Although the Hanafi school recognizes the Qur’an and Hadith as primary sources of law, it is notorious for largely relying on systematic reasoning in the absence of precedent.
The Maliki school of law relies on the Qur’an and Hadith as its main sources. Unlike other Islamic schools, Maliki also regards the consensus of the people of Medina as a valid source of Islamic law.
The Hanbali school derives Sharia primarily from the Qur’an, Hadith and the views of the Sahabahs or Companions of Prophet Muhammad.
Baki Billah said that Eid congregations were also held at Darbar Sharif branches in Sadarghat and Ashkona in Dhaka and in Badarpur in Patuakhali.
Many Sadra Darbar Sharif supporters could not be briefed on the matter, he said, adding that they will celebrate Eid on Monday, in line with celebrations in Saudi Arabia.
However, Md Arif Chowdhury, another cleric in the Darbar Sharif, said he and his followers did not celebrate Eid on Sunday because they found it unacceptable. They celebrate on Monday.
In Patuakhalis Badarpur, Maulana Md Shafiqul Islam Abdul Goni led the Eid prayers in Badarpur Darbar Sharif. The devotees hugged each other after the meeting. These include followers of Badarpur Darbar Sharif and the clergy of Chattograms Satkania and Elahabad.
The National Moon Sighting Committee announced Sunday night that the Shawwal moon has not been sighted. This is how Eid is celebrated in Bangladesh on Tuesday.