Islamabad, June 4: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting would be convened this evening to decide on the sighting of Shawwal crescent in Pakistan. The moon sighting bodies in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan would be on the lookout for the crescent. An announcement is expected post namaz-e-Maghrib. Stay tuned here for the live news and updates on Eid moon sighting 2019 in Pakistan. Track Live Updates on Eid Moon Sighting 2019 in All Parts of India.
The convening of Hilal Committee on Chand Raat has left many surprised in Pakistan as the government had, in the last month, announced the “official date” of Eid al-Fitr celebrations as June 5. The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhary, released an online portal – pakmoonsighting.pk – along with a mobile app – ‘The Ruet’ which would display the “official Hijri calendar” for the next five years.
Although a section of clergy has disapproved the move, calling it in violation of the sunnah, Fawad Chaudhry defended the release of official Islamic dates, claiming that astronomical inputs and advanced scientific technology allows humans to accurately predict the future sightings of moon.
The deeply conservative state of Pakistan would, however, continue with the traditional practice of moon sighting irrespective of whether the government assists the hilal committees or not.
Meanwhile, the top religious body in Peshawar defied Pakistan’s official calendar on Monday, as it announced the sighting of crescent last night and observed Eid al-Fitr today in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). Mufti Popalzai, the most revered cleric in the region, decided to celebrate Eid along with bordering Afghanistan.