KARACHI: The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee session began on Saturday to sight the Shawwal moon and to announce when the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the country.
The meeting is being held in Karachi with Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman in the chair, while meetings of the zonal committees are in progress at their respective provincial headquarters.
Mufti Muneeb, addressing the media, said that “when the final decision will be made, it will be announced before the media”.
He said it was “not appropriate” to speculate at this time.
According to Geo News, sources in zonal committees in Islamabad and Quetta have said that the moon has not been sighted.
Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said, “The Shawwal moon was born on May 22 at 10:39pm and will be visible between 7:36pm and 8:15pm tonight in Sanghar, Badin, Thatta, Jeevni and Pasni.”
Eid in India on Monday
Meanwhile, in India, Delhi’s Jama Masjid Shahi Imam announced Saturday that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 25 as moon was not visible today.
He further appealed to people to take precautions and maintain social distancing.
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday as the moon was not sighted on Friday.
The Jeddah-based Okaz paper reported that the moon-sighting committee had said that Saturday, May 23, would be the last day of Ramadan, while Sunday, May 24, would be the first day of Eid — Shawwal 1, 1441.
The UAE will also celebrate Eid on Sunday as the moon-sighting committee set up by the justice ministry announced that the moon was not sighted and Shawwal 1 would fall on Sunday, May 24.
The newspaper also reported that Indonesia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Qatar would also observe Eid on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had claimed that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 24 (Sunday) in many countries, including Pakistan.
Speaking during a TV programme, Chaudhry said that according to the calendar prepared by the science ministry, this year Eid will be celebrated across the country on May 24.
The minister had said the interesting thing is that the festival will be celebrated on the same day in almost all parts of the world along with Pakistan, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan, like all Muslim countries, is gearing up to mark Eid-ul-Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken more than 1,000 lives in the country.
The country started observing Eid holidays from May 22 and will continue to do so till May 27, a notification from the interior ministry said on Saturday.