Pakistan

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Azad to Lead Moon Sighting Meeting in Peshawar on March 11

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, the body responsible for determining the Islamic lunar calendar in Pakistan, has announced that it will hold a meeting in Peshawar on March 11 to sight the crescent for the holy month of Ramadan.

The meeting will be chaired by Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, the chairman of the committee, and will start after the Asr prayers. Representatives of the zonal committees from different parts of the country will also participate in the meeting and share their reports on the moon sighting.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the new moon of Ramadan will be born on March 10 at 2 pm, and will be 28 hours and 16 minutes old at sunset on March 11. This means that there is a high possibility of the moon being visible in most parts of the country on March 11, subject to clear weather conditions.

If the moon is sighted on March 11, Pakistan will observe the first fast of Ramadan on March 12. However, if the moon is not sighted, the first fast will be on March 13.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have asked their citizens to look for the Ramadan moon on March 10, indicating that they may start fasting a day earlier than Pakistan, as is usually the case. The two countries follow the Umm al-Qura calendar, which is based on astronomical calculations, while Pakistan follows the traditional method of moon sighting by the naked eye.

Weather expert Jawad Memon asserted that there is a 95% chance of the Ramadan moon being visible on March 11 in Pakistan. He said that the first taraweeh prayers, the special prayers offered during Ramadan, will be performed on the night of March 11.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, in which Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other worldly pleasures from dawn till dusk. It is also a month of increased worship, charity, and spirituality for Muslims.

In Pakistan, Ramadan is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion, as people set up roadside stalls to offer free food and drinks to the needy and the travelers. The month also witnesses a surge in business activities, especially in the sectors of food, clothing, and decoration, as people prepare for the festival of Eid ul Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

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