Eid to fall on June 5: New lunar calendar

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday according to the lunar calendar prepared by his ministry, Eid is expected to fall on June 5.

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Speaking to media, the minister said the new lunar calendar has been completed and “will be sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology on Tuesday [today]”.

According to Fawad, the calendar is a result of a collaboration between Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco), and various space and weather experts. Fawad said the members of the CII along with the members of the central moon sighting committee have been invited to view the calendar “so that they understand the extensive working that was done to compile it”.

A letter from the ministry to the CII confirmed that the lunar calendar had been sent to the council to review. The letter, dated May 21, reads, “you are requested to accord your opinion in Islamic perspectives, if some clarification is required, a meeting of religious scholars and scientists may be convened, preferably within 5 days.”

In the meantime, according to an official notification from the Ministry of Religious Affairs being issued today calling a meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on June 4 for the sighting of the Shawwal moon.

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