People in Gujranwala celebrate Eidul Fitr Friday

By: News Desk
Published: 12:37 PM, 14 May, 2021
Gujranwala Eid
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Ruet-e-Hilal Committee’s dream that the entire nation celebrates Eidul Fitr on one day could not come true as the religious festival is being celebrated in one of Punjab’s important cities, Gujranwala, today (Friday) instead of Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

What was hitherto true of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where people would usually celebrate Eids a day before the rest of the nation, was witnessed in Gujranwala on Friday when Eid congregations were held at several city mosques, including Mohalla Islamabad’s Rodhe Wali mosque, Kalarabadi, Khyali and Sunni Rizvi mosque, besides in open grounds and other places.   

However, contrary to public perception and expectations, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan, had, on May 12, announced Eidul Fitr on May 13 rather than Friday (May 14) as the Shawwal moon was sighted on Wednesday—Ramadan 29.

Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad had announced the decision after receiving reports of moon sighting from KP, Balochistan and Sindh.

According to 24NewsHD TV channel, the 12 pieces of evidence were deemed as credible after thoroughly investigating the witnesses. 

Sandwiched between scientific evidence backed by zealous Federal Minister for Information Technology Fawad Chaudhary and evidences pouring in on social media from Balochistan senators of moon sighting, coupled with reports of moon sighting received from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh, the Committee took ages to reach the decision regarding Eid.

By celebrating Eid on Thursday, Pakistan joined Afghanistan, the Middle Eastern and European countries where the religious festival was also celebrated on the same day.

Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Masjid Qasim Khan, Peshawar, who had claimed to have received 23 testimonies of moon sighting, also announced to celebrate Eidul Fitr on Thursday, May 13.  

According to 24News correspondent Azmat Ali Shah in Peshawar, Peshawar Zonal Committee had received testimonies of moon sighting from four different areas, including seven from a single area, Surizai, a suburban town of Peshawar.

Officials from the meteorological department, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), and the Ministry of Science and Technology, who also attended the Ruet-e-Hilal meeting in Islamabad, had said that the crescent would be visible when it would be 20 hours and 40 minutes old. 

Earlier, the Meteorological Department had said that Pakistan would observe Eidul Fitr on Friday, as there was "no chance" of citing the Shawwal moon on May 12, Wednesday.

On Thursday, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, former chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, had opposed committee’s announcement to celebrate Eid on Thursday (May 13), arguing that there was no chance of Eid falling on Thursday, but on Friday (May 14).