Moon sighting body to meet today


A Muslim man uses a telescope to observe the moon before the holy month of Ramadan at Al-Musyariin mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. — Reuters/File
A Muslim man uses a telescope to observe the moon before the holy month of Ramadan at Al-Musyari’in mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. — Reuters/File 
  • Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to meet today in Peshawar for Ramadan chand.
  • Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad will chair the meeting.
  • Azad says meeting will be attended by Peshawar’s zonal committee members and officials authorities concerned.

PESHAWAR: The Central Reut-e-Hilal Committee meeting to sight the Ramadan moon will be held on April 2 (today) in Peshawar. 

Chairman Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad will chair the meeting.

In a statement, Azad said that the meeting will be attended by Peshawar’s zonal committee members and officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology, Met Department and SUPARCO.

Meanwhile, the other zonal committees will also meet in respective cities including Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Islamabad, he added.

PMD forecast

In a statement earlier this month, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had said that there is a possibility that the Ramadan moon will be sighted on April 2.

“The new moon of Ramadan, 1443 AH, will be born on [the] crossing conjunction point at 11-24 PST on 01-04-2022,” a statement from the meteorological department had said.

“According to astronomical parameters, there is a good chance of sighting the new moon of Ramadan, 1443 AH on the evening of [April 2] i.e. on 29th of Shaban, 1443 AH,” the statement had added.

The PMD had said that according to climate records, the weather is expected to be fair or partly cloudy in most parts of the country during the evening of April 2.

In case the holy month begins in line with the PMD’s forecast, Eidul Fitr is expected to be observed either on May 3 or 2.



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