Zilhajj moon not sighted, Eid ul Azha on August 1: Blow to Fawad

By: News Desk      Published: 08:56 PM, 21 Jul, 2020
Zilhajj moon not sighted, Eid ul Azha on August 1: Blow to Fawad

The Zilhajj moon has not been sighted in Pakistan and the Eid ul Azha will be celebrated across the country on Saturday, August 1.

The decision came during a meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in Karachi Tuesday that met to sight the Zilhajj moon.

The meeting was chaired by Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee while the meetings of the zonal committees took place at the provincial headquarters.

Mufti Muneeb said they did not get any evidence from any part of the country regarding the sighting of the moon.

It is a big blow to Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry who has been announcing dates of Eid and moon sightings since long based on scientific measures.

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With clouds hovering on many cities there was a lesser chance of moon sighting in the country yet Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry was optimistic of sighting the Eid moon.

He said on the twitter that the Birth of new moon has been taken place at 10:33 PM and could have been seen on the horizon in Karachi and the adjacent areas on July 21. He said if there are clouds one can download Ruet App to find the moon at the right place.

On Monday Saudi Arabia announced it would celebrate Eid ul Azha on Friday, July 31. The Kingdom's Supreme Court said that Tuesday would mark the 30th of Ziqad, and Wednesday, July 22, would be the first day of Zil Hajj. According to these calculations, July 31, will mark the first day of Eid ul Azha.

Earlier, Fawad Ch had said that Eid ul Azha would be celebrated on July 31 in Pakistan "as per calendar of the Ministry of Science and Technology".

Taking to Twitter, Chaudhry had said that the moon for the month of Zilhajj would be seen in Karachi and its surrounding areas on July 21. He had added that the moon could be sighted with the help of binoculars and in some areas, with the naked eye as well.

He has also pinned a tweet on his account giving directions on how to download the Ruet App.