Pakistan Prepares to Sight Shawwal Moon for Eid Celebration

pakistan prepares to sight shawwal moon for eid celebration

Pakistan’s Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is getting ready to meet on Tuesday, April 9, at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, as reported by ARY News. The purpose of this meeting is to spot the Shawwal moon.

The meeting will be led by Maulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad and will include members from various organizations such as the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), and the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco). Additionally, participants like Director General Syed Mushahid Hussain Khalid, Allama Muhammad Dr. Hussain Akbar, Mufti Fazl Jamil Rizvi, and Maulana Muhammad Yasin Zafar will also join the meeting.

Moreover, members of zonal committees in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar will contribute to the moon sighting process.

Chairman Maulana Azad emphasized the importance of public involvement, urging citizens to watch for the Shawwal moon, signifying the end of Ramadan.

It’s worth noting that the PMD has predicted the sighting of the Shawwal moon in Pakistan on April 9 nationwide. According to the PMD, the Shawwal moon is expected to appear on the night of April 8 at 11:21 pm local time, with an age of 19 to 20 hours on April 9. It will be visible to the naked eye for about 50 minutes after sunset, according to the weather department.

If the moon is sighted on April 9, Eidul Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10.

Meanwhile, the federal government has announced a five-day holiday for Eidul Fitr. The holidays will span from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 13, giving citizens a four-day break to celebrate the festival.

Eidul Fitr is a significant event in the Islamic calendar, marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide observe a month of fasting, and Eid celebrations signify the conclusion of this period of self-restraint.