Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meets today to sight Ramazan moon

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meets today to sight Ramazan moon

Ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and advisor to Chief Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said, "We were in contact with the federal government and Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for the last several years and finally the Central committee has entertained the moon sighting testimonies from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa".

The PMD on May 4 had issued a handout stating that there are fair chances for the moon to be sighted on May 16 evening. And on the grounds of the evidence, the committee chairman Mufti Muneeb Ur Rahman had announced first Ramadan from May 17, 2018 (Thursday).

The Central Ruet e Hilal Committee will arrange a meeting for the sighting of Ramadan 1439 Hijri Moon.

In Bangladesh Ramazan will begin on Friday in the country as the new moon was not sighted this evening. The moon sighting committees will hold special meeting today after Salate Maghrib and ascertain, if any, reports of moon sighting.

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Meanwhile, the holy fasting month is due to begin in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Malaysia and Middle East countries on Thursday.

Meanwhile, special preparations are also on in the Muslim world for Salate Taraveeh - the special night prayers offered in the month of Ramadan besides daily prayers five times in a day.

In Saudi Arabia, Ramazan crescent was also not sighted on Tuesday therefore, the holy month will begin in Pakistan and Gulf countries on a same day.

More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset. It is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.

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