ISLAMABAD: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (RHC) meeting will take place today in the capital to sight the Shawwal moon.
The meeting will take place in Islamabad under the chair of RHC Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, as per an earlier statement of the committee.
The meetings of zonal committees would take place in their respective areas, while the central committee would gather witnesses from across the country.
Azad has earlier stated his resolve to ensure that Eid is celebrated on the same day throughout Pakistan.
In Peshawar, the zonal RHC meeting will be held at the Auqaf Hall under the chair of Maulana Ehsaan. He is the chief of the Peshawar zonal RHC.
Maulana Ishaq, Qadri Abdul Rauf and Mufti Fazlullah Jan, Maulana Mohammad Ali Shah, Maulana Irshad Hussain and Maulana Abdul Baseer will also partake in the meeting.
Earlier, the Meteorological Department had said that Pakistan would observe Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday, as there was “no chance” of citing the Shawwal moon on May 12, Wednesday.
If the moon is not sighted on Wednesday — Ramadan 29 — then the holy month would extend to 30 days, and the festival of Eid will be celebrated on May 14 — Friday.
The weather department said the new moon of Shawwal would be born on crossing conjunction point at “00-01 PST on 12-05-2021.”
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE to celebrate Eid on Thursday, May 13
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia confirmed that the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr will fall on Thursday, May 13.
The moon-sighting committee confirmed Tuesday that the crescent moon of Shawwal, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, had not been sighted yet.
Therefore, Wednesday (May 12) will be the last and 30th day of Ramadan, and Thursday (May 13) will be observed as the first day of Eid ul Fitr.
Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have also announced that they will mark the first day of Eid on Thursday.
Muslims in UK, Europe to mark Eid on Thursday as well
Muslims in the United Kingdom and Europe will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Thursday, the central moon-sighting committee UK announced on Wednesday.
“The holy month of Ramazan will have full 30 days,” Islam Ali Shah, the organiser of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee UK, said. “The Moon of Shawwal was not sighted in Eruope and Britain. Hence, the Islamic month of Shawwal will begin on Thursday, May 13.”
Eid-ul-Fitr 1442 will be observed across Europe and the UK on May 13, said Islam Ali Shah.
Meanwhile, the Central Hilal Committee of North America has asked the Muslims to continue with their fasting until an announcement is made.
“Please continue your Taraweeh and Ramadan a’maal until an announcement is made,” the committee said on its Twitter handle on Wednesday.