— File Photo
— File Photo

KARACHI: The Shawwal moon was sighted in different parts of the country on Wednesday marking the end of the month of Ramazan and advent of Eidul Fitr.

Mufti Munibur Rehman, the Chairman of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee announced at a press conference that more than enough evidence of the sighting of Shawwal moon in the four provinces had been received and the committee had unanimously decided that Friday would be the 1st of Shawwal.

“The zonal committees in different parts of the country were in constant touch with the central committee in Karachi. Members of the committee in Muzaffargarh, Jhang, Sialkot, Jaccobabad, Sanghar, Mian Chunnu, Gilgit, Okara, Mandi Bahauddin, Zob and Islamabad sighted the moon,” he said.

Though Eid was celebrated in North Waziristan and some other parts of tribal areas on Thursday, a 25-member committee of ulema of tribal areas declared after four hours of deliberations that Eid would be celebrated in their areas on Friday along with the people across the country for the first time after years of difference over moon sighting between the central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee and a committee headed by Peshawar’s Qasim Ali Khan mosque led by Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai.

For this part, Mufti Muneebur Rehman recognised efforts of the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its clerics, who he said played key role to bring the controversy to an end. He also appreciated the role of federal minister for religious affairs to convince clerics from different schools thoughts on the consensus decision.

“I must also appreciate Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister for religious affairs Habibur Rehman for his efforts that we have come to this consensus decision and the entire nation celebrates Eid unanimously,” said the chairman Ruet-i-Hilal Committee.

Some militant groups, openly challenging the government’s writ, also had a role in celebration of Eid on Thursday. Mangal Bagh, commander of the banned Lashkar-i-Islam outfit, had announced in Bara that Eid would be celebrated in Thursday.


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NHM
Aug 09, 2013 07:36am

it gets even better ,no more torturous sheri - iftar transmission from Amir liaquat

chand
Aug 09, 2013 10:18am

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Mufti Munibur Rehman, the Chairman of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee announced at a press conference that more than enough evidence of the sighting of Shawwal moon in the four provinces had been received and the committee had unanimously decided that Friday would be the 1st of Shawwal.

chand
Aug 09, 2013 10:20am

For this part, Mufti Muneebur Rehman recognised efforts of the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its clerics, who he said played key role to bring the controversy to an end. He also appreciated the role of federal minister for religious affairs to convince clerics from different schools thoughts on the consensus decision.strong text

Mr.T
Aug 09, 2013 02:22pm

So there's something they get united...

ahmed
Aug 09, 2013 04:07pm

Excellent work by PTI lead govt. KPK...

Khalid
Aug 09, 2013 06:25pm

It is nice to hear that all of Pakistan is celebrating Eid on the same day. How sad that we can't even agree as to when the country should celebrate Eid. There is no example of this anywhere else, in the world. What a shame Pakistan brings to the religion of Islam every year. Anyone who asks me as to what the process is and when I respond by saying that the moon has to be sighted by someone with naked eyes, they just laugh at this. I am usually told, that to figure out if this is the beginning of the month, why do you have to see the moon. What if it is cloudy?. Calculations have existed for 100s of years if you really want to find out when a month has begun or ended. I have no answer to this logical question. The only answer that is assumed by people who are not Muslims, sadly, is that Islam doesn't want to learn from the develoments in the sciences. Is that a correct assumption by non-muslims?. I thought Islam encourages learning and if does encourage it, why does it not allow to Muslims to use it? or is it Muslims who do not want to learn from the world of sciences?

G.A.
Aug 09, 2013 11:00pm

Nation unites?? Did you miss all the killings and suicide bombings thoughout Pakistan on this day of blessings?

Guru kranti
Aug 10, 2013 12:29am

You say the nation is united that is not true What about all the killings on the day of the Eid?

KASPAR
Aug 10, 2013 03:17pm

Looking for the day when we unite on substantive issues that matter to the nation, such as terrorism and militancy,

Behlol
Aug 11, 2013 08:19am

The definition of the word 'unity' seriously needs to be examined by the respected writer of this piece.