Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meets Thursday to sight Shawwal moon

Karachi (HRNW): The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet on Thursday (tomorrow) evening, to sight the Shawwal moon. The meeting of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for sighting the moon of Shawwal 1439 AH will be held at Pakistan Meteorological Department in Karachi, to be chaired by Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, officials said. The members of the Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committees will hold their meetings in their respective areas. Quetta zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet tomorrow in the city for the purpose of Shawal moon sighting. As per a notification the meeting will take place at Deputy Commissioner’s Complex in Quetta and it was notified that all committee members’ presence will be mandatory in the meeting.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will gather the information from all across Pakistan and will announce the decision about the sighting of the Eid-ul-Fitr moon or otherwise. The Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council Secretary General Khalid Ejaz Mufti predicted on Monday that the moon will not be visible on the evening of Thursday, June 14, so Eidul Fitr will most likely be observed on Saturday, June 16. The new moon will born at 00:43 PST on Thursday. The age of the new moon at the time of sunset on Thursday evening will be less than 19 hours.

Although the month of Ramazan started on the same day in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – May 17 – it is expected that Saudi Arabia will celebrate Eidul Fitr on Friday, he added. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in an earlier statement based on scientific calculations has informed the Ministry of Religious Affairs that there are slight chances of Shawwal moon sighting on June 14 (Thursday). It is likely that Eid ul Fitr will fall on Saturday, June 16th across Pakistan.

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