KARACHI: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet today (Monday) for sighting of the Ramazan moon, with reports from the Met Department raising chances of the holy month beginning on the same day across the country.According to a press release sent out by the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there is a good chance for sighting the new moon of Ramazan this evening (June 6) with either fair or partly cloudy weather in most parts of the country.”In case of any unusual weather over these areas, weather may be partly cloudy to cloudy over provincial and federal capital areas,” said the press release.
This raises the chances of the moon being sighted in several parts of the country without any disputes.According to the Met Department’s readings, the age of the new moon will be between 35 and 36 hours, with bright chances of it being sighted in Balochistan province.
The Met department added that the new moon will be visible for up to 30 minutes after sundown.Members of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee led by Mufti Munibur Rehman will meet at the meteorological department offices this evening for the moon-sighting session.
The meeting would be presided over by the committee chief, while Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal committees would also hold meetings in different parts of the country to help the central committee reach a definitive decision.On the other hand, Mufti Shahabuddin, an influential cleric at Peshawar’s historic Qasim Ali Khan Masjid, has also called a meeting for moon sighting, having rejected an earlier request by the government for observing Ramazan and Eid on the same day.
But, with a favorable age of the new moon and the skies likely to remain clear tonight, the chances for the moon to be sighted in several parts of the country and the first of Ramazan to be observed across Pakistan on the same day remain high.In Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Yemen, the annual fasting month of Ramazan began Monday after religious authorities in the four Muslim countries announced the sighting of the crescent moon the previous evening.
Other Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa are also expected to either begin observing Ramazan today or on Tuesday.
During Ramazan, Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. They break the fast with a meal known as Iftar and before dawn they have a second opportunity to eat and drink during Sehar.Ramazan is sacred to Muslims because the holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) during that month. Ramazan is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.