NEWS\ Thursday 21 January 2004
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Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia...

Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Dhul-Hijjah was not sighted here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Dhul-Qi'dah, inshaa.-Allaah.

Subsequently, 1 Dhul-Hijjah will be tomorrow, Friday 23 January, and the Muslims performing Hajj will be in 'Arafah on Saturday 31 January (9 Dhul-Hijjah ), and the Muslim Ummah shall be celebrating 'Eed al-Adhaa on Sunday 1 February 2004, (10 Dhul-Hijjah 1424), inshaa.-Allaah.

May Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) accept all our worship for His Sake only, and may He further bless us all with forgiveness and adherence to the Qur.aan and the authentic Sunnah as understood by the best of generations, namely the Sahaabah, the Taabi'oon and the Atbaa' at-Taabi'een, in short, the pious predecessors, inshaa.-Allaah:

Zahdam ibn Mudrab narrated: I heard 'Imraan ibn Husayn saying: The Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

((The best people are those living in my generation, then those coming after them, and then those coming after (the second generation).)), [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, 3/219];

'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood (radhi-yallaahu 'anhu) narrated: The Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

((The people of my generation are the best, then those who follow them, and then those who follow the latter)), [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, 3/820];

'Aa.ishah (radhi-yallaahu 'anhaa) narrated that: A person asked Allaah's Apostle (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) as to who amongst the people were the best. He said:

((Of the generation to which I belong, then of the second generation (generation adjacent to my generation), then of the third generation (generation adjacent to the second generation).)), [Saheeh Muslim 6159].