State Council: Only Dar Al-Ifta Can Announce the Sighting of the Crescent and Not the Awqaf – Al Marsad

The advisory High Council of State said in a statement that the announcement of the non-sighting of the crescent of the month of Shawwal by the General Authority for Awqaf came as a surprise, given its lack of competence to do that. The Council also criticized the statement issued by the Media Office of the Cabinet based on the Awqaf’s announcement.

(Libya, 23 May 2020) – In its statement, the High Council of State affirmed that the law stipulates that the Dar Al-Ifta, which is dominated by the radical Islamist cleric Sadiq Al-Gharyani, is the only entity that has the competence to announce the sighting of crescents and the beginning of the lunar months that relate to Muslim festivals and acts of worship. It considered Awqaf’s action a violation of the law and an encroachment on competent authorities.

The advisory High Council of State argued that such acts cause chaos, discord, and confusion, and called for the opening of an investigation into the matter.

© Al Marsad English (2020)