Shawwal moon sighted, Eidul Fitr to be celebrated in Pakistan tomorrow

Published April 9, 2024
Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad addresses a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday. — DawnNewsTV
Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad addresses a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday. — DawnNewsTV

The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee on Tuesday announced that Eidul Fitr would fall on Wednesday (April 10) as the Shawwal moon was sighted.

The announcement came after a meeting of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee at the Federal Secreta­riat’s Kohsar Block in Islamabad, while meetings of zonal and district Ruet-i-Hilal committees were held at their respective headquarters concurrently.

The meeting was chaired by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, and attended by the members of the Ruet-i-Hilal Commit­tee, as well as officials from the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Suparco, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Maulana Azad said testimonies of moon sightings were received from majority of the country and hence Eid would be celebrated tomorrow.

Azad said the moon was sighted in Karachi, Dir, Faisalabad, Skardu and other areas. He congratulated the nation on the occasion and said a “message of unity” was being sent to the Islamic world due to Eid falling on the same day.

Maulana Azad said all sections of society would need to move forward together for the sake of the country and paid tribute to the sacrifices of the armed forces for peace in the country.

“The narrative of Pakistan is that stance which has broken the back of terrorism, extremism and suicide attacks.”

Multiple countries across the world will celebrate Eidul Fitr on Wednesday (tomorrow) after the crescent was not sighted on Monday. Pakistan will also celebrate Eid with the rest of the world. However, the moon was not sighted in India and Bangladesh, which will celebrate Eidul Fitr on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Australia are some of the countries which will be celebrating Eid tomorrow.

The Met department has said that according to astronomical parameters, there is a “chance” of spotting the moon today. It said the weather was expected to be partly cloudy or fair in most of the country.

A day earlier, the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee had also requ­es­ted citizens to share any information regarding sightings of the moon with the committees in their respective areas.

Talking to Dawn, Maulana Azad had said that extensive meetings and discussions were held with clerics and religious groups across the country, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

All groups who had apprehensions with the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee in the past were taken on board and it is unlikely that any cleric would form their private moon sighting committee, he had said.

In the past, different parts of the country have observed Eid on different dates owing to differences in moon-sighting evidence and non-adherence to the Central Ruet-i-Hilal committee’s diktat.

Most notably, Peshawar’s Mufti Shahabudin Popalzai would often announce Eid in KP a day ahead of the rest of the country. In 2022, the country saw Eid being celebrated on three different dates in North Waziristan, Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa and the rest of the country.

A similar situation occurred in 2012, when the residents of the then-tribal areas celebrated Eid on August 18, KP announced Eid on Aug 19 and the rest of the country celebrated on Aug 20.

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