False sightings - a bane of the Muslim Ummah for years - is "not very relevant", says Jibali (Wall Street Journal 1/7/97).
The Islamic way is to go only by the witness, even if false, as long as "he tried to be accurate".
One is amazed by how a sane Muslim can make such a brash statement after going through the Qura'n and the Sunnah.
In recent years several articles have appeared stating that an Islamic month begins only by direct or indirect sighting. Using calculations or any other method for ascertaining the crescent, or questioning any claim by a Muslim is invalid.