Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to convene for Ramazan moon sighting today

ISLAMABAD: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, with Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman presiding, will meet on Sunday in Karachi for the sighting of the moon of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak.

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An official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony told APP that other members of the committee will attend Zonal and District Ruet-e-Hilal Committees at their respective places.

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday a new committee comprising of experts has been formed which will determine moon sightings for key dates in the Islamic calendar for the next 10 years.

In a tweet, the minister said the five-member committee will comprise science and technology experts from SUPARCO (Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission) and MET Office.

The minister further added that the committee will prepare an Islamic calendar of important dates and months for the next 10 years including Ramzan, Eid, and Muharram, which will put an end to the moon-sighting controversies that arise every year.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday predicted that the Ramazan moon will likely be sighted on the evening of May 6.

The department further said, the new moon of Ramazan, 1440 AH will be born on crossing conjunction point at 03:45 Pakistan Standard Time (PST) on May 5.

The moon will be sighted on the evening of Monday, May 6 and the holy month of Ramazan is expected to begin on May .7

According to the astronomical parameters, there is no chance of sighting of the new moon on the evening of May 05, i.e.29 Shaaban, the met office said.

“The new moon will be 15 hours and 18 minutes old by the time sun sets on Sunday May 05 in Pakistan, and it will be only seven degrees above the horizon,” an expert said.

The Ramzan moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening, hence the first of the holy month would be observed on Monday, on May 6.

Moon observers in Saudi Arabia said that there was no sight of the Ramzan crescent on Saturday, the Arab News reported.

The Saudi Supreme Court had earlier this week urged its citizens to inform the nearest court if they spotted the Ramzan crescent through naked eye or binoculars on Saturday.

Ramzan will begin on May 6 in the UAE too. As per the government policy, UAE follows Saudi Arabia’s official announcement.

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