Shawwal crescent sighting in Pakistan
KARACHI: Pakistani nation will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday June 05, as Shawwal 1440 Hijri moon has been sighted in the country. This was announced by Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee after presiding over the meeting of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in Karachi on Tuesday.The evidence of moon sighting was received from Loralai district of Balochistan.
According to the Met department, the birth of the moon will occur at 03:02 PM on Monday and its age will be four hours and sixteen minutes at sunset. The moon will be 28 hours and 16 minutes old at sunset in Karachi on Tuesday. The Met Office has said that the moon will remain on the horizon for one hour after the sunset on June 4, and moon sighting is expected on Tuesday across the country including Peshawar.
The Ruat-e-Hilal Committee headed by chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman will meet at the PMD office on Tuesday in Karachi for moon sighting.
Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting is held today in Karachi on Tuesday evening for sighting the crescent of Shawwal-ul-Mukarram 1440 AH. The other members of committee will be present at Zonal and District Ruet-e-Hilal Committees at their respective places. The meeting of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) committee will be detained at Ministry of Religious Affairs, near General Post Office (GPO) Islamabad. The Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman will declare the decision of crescent sighting or otherwise next on the basis of information received.
The position of the crescent may be conveyed to Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman on his cell no 0300-9285203; 0321-2022000; Syed Mushahid Hussain Khalid, Director General (R&R) Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony 0300-6831822; Hafiz Abdul Qudoos, Deputy Director (Q) 0333-2697051 and Pakistan Meteorological Department, Karachi 021-99261412; 021-99261413.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, has launched Pakistan’s first official moon-sighting website and Islamic calendar.
Eid al-Fitr in Pakistan is also known as Chhoti (urdu: small) or Meethi (urdu: sweet) Eid. It is celebrated for 3 days and there are 4 days holidays on this occasion. Eid preparations usually start with the beginning of Ramadan and continue throughout the month. It is customary for almost everyone to wear new dress.