Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) for the Shawwal moon sighting in Islamabad.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the committee’s Chairman Maulana Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad will preside over the meeting at the Kohsar Complex before sighting the moon to celebrate Eid ul Fitr.

The moon sighting will mark the end of the holy month of fasting, which means the Muslims in the country will celebrate Eid ul Fitr on Wednesday (April 10). In case the Shawwal moon is not sighted on Tuesday, Eid will fall on Thursday.

Meanwhile, meetings of other zonal and district committees will also be held simultaneously at their respective places on Tuesday evening after Asr prayers.

Besides the members of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, the meeting would be attended by the officials of the meteorology department, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The meeting would receive testimonies about the Shawwal moon sighting.

In light of the testimonies, Maulana Azad will announce whether the Shawwal moon is sighted or not in the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that the government has already announced holidays for Eid ul Fitr, with offices operating five working days in a week to observe three public holidays from April 10 to 12, while those working for six days will get four public holidays from April 10 to 13.

The Met Office on Monday said that there were strong chances that the first day of Eid ul Fitr would fall on April 10, as the Shawwal moon is expected to be sighted on April 9.

The PMD said the crescent would be born on April 8 at 11:21pm and it would be aged between 19 and 20 hours the next day around Maghrib prayer. The crescent could be spotted for over 50 minutes around sundown, it said.

Shawwal moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia, UAE

It is pertinent to mention here that Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday.

The Shawwal moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The holy month will last for a full 30 days, with Tuesday being the last day of Ramadan — the holiest month in the Muslim calendar.

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced that the Shawwal moon was not sighted today evening, 29th of Ramadan, across the kingdom.