Muharram moon sighted; Ashura to fall on September 10

Published August 31, 2019
The committee declared that Muharram will begin on Sept 1, while Ashura — Muharram 10 — will fall on Sept 10.
The committee declared that Muharram will begin on Sept 1, while Ashura — Muharram 10 — will fall on Sept 10.

The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee on Saturday announced that the Muharram moon has been sighted in the country, DawnNewsTV reported.

According to Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, chairman of the committee, Muharram will begin on September 1 while Ashura — Muharram 10 — will fall on Sept 10.

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month of mourning, observed in particular by Shia Muslims worldwide.

Read more: Pillion riding banned in Sindh on Muharram 9, 10

It commemorates the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD, where amongst many, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Imam Husain, was martyred and other family members were martyred or subjected to humiliation.

Keeping in view the need for extra security due to the spike in religious activity during the first 10 days of Muharram, provincial governments have started making arrangements accordingly.

The Sindh government has imposed a ban on pillion riding on Muharram 9 and 10 to avoid any untoward incident and maintain law and order in the province.

In addition, carrying arms and ammunition except for uniformed personnel of police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies will also be banned from Muharram 1 to 10.

The assembly of five or more people except in Muharram processions, majalis and tazia, and objectionable and provocative wall chalking, banners, posters and speeches have also been banned for 10 days under Section 144. Aerial firing and taking out of processions without the permission of competent authorities have also been barred.

Similarly, the Islamabad administration and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government have imposed a ban on pillion riding in several parts of their regions, while the Punjab government has been considering ordering the same.

Opinion

Crumbs of neutrality?
28 Feb 2021

Crumbs of neutrality?

One must assess the opposition’s new-found realisation that the establishment has suddenly become neutral.
Saving Pakistan
27 Feb 2021

Saving Pakistan

If the three main political parties have each failed to govern well, the question arises: why?

Editorial

28 Feb 2021

Covid concerns

WITH every form of restriction now effectively lifted in the country after an assessment of the Covid-19 situation,...
FATF decision
Updated 28 Feb 2021

FATF decision

THE decision taken by the Financial Action Task Force to keep Pakistan on the grey list until June, despite the...
28 Feb 2021

Underfunded police

FOR decades, successive governments in the country have talked about police reforms. While the latter are essential,...
LoC ceasefire
Updated 27 Feb 2021

LoC ceasefire

THE Pakistan-India relationship is known for its complexity and bitterness, but there are times when surprises of a...
27 Feb 2021

Null and void

HAD people not lost their lives, the ham-fisted attempt at rigging the Daska by-election on Feb 19 could have been...
27 Feb 2021

Minister’s non-appearance

FEDERAL Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda’s continued absence from the Election Commission’s hearing on the...