Celebrating Eid on 25th ‘will be un-Islamic’, declare scholars

Published: June 23, 2017


ISLAMABAD: With Mufti Shahbuddin Popalzai of Masjid Qasim Peshawar all set to sight the Shawwal moon on Saturday, June 24, prominent religious scholars in the country have declared that celebrating Eidul Fitr on Sunday, June 25 would be un-Islamic.

Unlike the majority of the countrymen who had started observing Ramazan from Sunday, May 28 in line with the announcement of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, people in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had followed Mufti Popalzai, starting the holy month a day earlier.

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And therefore there is all the likelihood that when the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will be searching for the Shawwal crescent in the dusky skies on the 29th of Ramazan or June 25, many in K-P would have celebrated Eid earlier in the day.

With the rift over moon sighting between the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and the Mufti Popalzai’s committee highly likely to take an ugly turn, noted scholars have come out with their judgement on the matter.

“Celebrating Eidul Fitr on Sunday will be un-Islamic,” said religious scholars and senior officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs while talking to The Express Tribune.

“People living in other provinces of the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have no objection to celebrating Eidul Fitr [on the announcement of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee], except for a specific group of people in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P),” said Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Pir Muhammad Amin-ul-Hasnat Shah. “There is a certain group which has made it an ego issue.”

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Modern technology and scientific methods and calculations were being used to gain knowledge about the new moon, he said, possibly referring to the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s announcement that it was impossible to sight the Shawwal moon on Saturday, June 24 anywhere in Pakistan.

Pointing towards the Mufti Popalzai committee, the religious scholars opined that a certain religious group was trying to divide Muslims over observing Ramazan and celebrating Eidul Fitr in the country every year, even though the group never raised objections to the sighting of moon for any other Islamic month.

Well-known religious scholar Mufti Saeed said, “It is truly un-Islamic to celebrate Eidul Fitr without sighting the Shawwal moon and without an official announcement from the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.”

Mufti Saeed urged the government to take stern action against the “evil people trying to lead the country towards disunity”.

Another well-known scholar, asking anonymity, said, “These are the people who want to show that they are above the law by celebrating Eid a day ahead of the rest of the nation. We all should strongly condemn the act which promotes disunity among Muslims.”

However, Mufti Mukhtar Ullah, the Administrator of Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak, said, “Celebrating Eidul Fitr whether by following the Popalzai committee or the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will be Islamic.”

He said they did not follow science because its theories kept changing with time. “We believe in sighting the moon with the naked eye, and not on what science says,” he said.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Sara
    Jun 23, 2017 - 11:18AM

    You know what’s un islamic? Beating up innocent thirsty journalists. These clerics are also un Islamic because they fool people. Recommend

  • Ali khan
    Jun 23, 2017 - 12:14PM

    Last year a lot of people from punjab sighted the moon for Eid but Mr Muneeb was refusing to accept the witness until he broke the mike and the Federer minister for religious affairs intervene and announce the moon sighting him. When muneeb does not struggle to watch the moon then you can’t stop other to watch. Shift the centrel Hilal committee to kpk and you celebrate same day throughout pakistanRecommend

  • khan
    Jun 23, 2017 - 12:34PM

    Seriously? Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 23, 2017 - 3:00PM

    What’s happens when we live on the Moon ? Do we sight a crescent of Earth ?Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2017 - 3:59PM

    The bone of contention is Mufti Muneeb himself. The composition of this committee is infact a big question. Recommend

  • Sam
    Jun 23, 2017 - 4:25PM

    Every year they find a way to mess something that brings joy to millions of folks.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 23, 2017 - 7:31PM

    These Scholars are nothing but fitna….Eid on 25th will be perfectly ISLAMIC as long as cresent is witnessed.Recommend

  • khan ahmed
    Jun 23, 2017 - 9:11PM

    Sighting the moon and celebrating EID is an individual choice and should be left to the people.Recommend

  • tuk
    Jun 24, 2017 - 12:00AM

    Make a calendar and follow it. Those who want to sight the moon can do so and celebrate whenever they want. Recommend

  • Shafiq Ahmad
    Jun 24, 2017 - 12:53AM

    The Professional and Commercial Mullas have already damaged Islam and divided the Umma. They very well know the Hadith of Sahih Bukhari that at the End Times the Mullas will be the worst people on Earth. So, if 95 per cent of Muslims in the world are celebrating Eidul Fitr on Sunday, so what about them. You believe that the 5 per cent celebrating Eid are correct and 95 per cent Muslims in world are incorrect. I request the Ministry of Religious Affairs comprising mostly none religious persons to follow the other Muslim countries where there is NO Roit e Hilal Committee and the religious ministry has a correct system to celebrate Eid.Recommend

  • GK
    Jun 24, 2017 - 1:22AM

    There are two methods. Local sighting vs Global sighting.

    Global sighting means moon is sighted in a country or city, before your maghrib time, or sighted during the night, before sehri time next day.

    Scientifically there is no chance of moon visibility in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. So local moonsignting method does not apply.

    First place moon can be visible with naked eye, is Eastern Brazil, and by then sehri would have started in Pakistan, but not in Saudi Arabia. so it is ok for Saudis (who follow global moonsighting rule) to celebrate Eid on Sunday. However in Pakistan there should be no Eid on Sunday based on either of the two methods. Check this short video, it has good explanation.


  • Ali
    Jun 24, 2017 - 4:31AM

    This should be the job of the Met office which works under the ruling govt. And not some Moulvi’s responsibility or any other popla. Matter solved. Recommend

  • javed ali
    Jun 24, 2017 - 8:47AM

    Writ of the government should be established and Popalzai should be arrested if he declares his own Eid.Recommend

  • Dr. Abdullah Kamran
    Jun 24, 2017 - 11:36AM

    There can’t be two Eids, two shab-e-qadar, so on and so forth. There is definitely some problem with our Ulema and they need to revise on their concepts. Wither all the Muslims ought to be synchronized, OR, let everyone alone with his concept. Why to enforce and inflict the ‘Mufti Muneeb’ style of implementation, which in itself is a division among Muslims at a global level. How could the shaitan (liberated on sighting the hilal-e-eid in Saudia, or any other place) be prevented from entering Pakistan, on account that we still have Ramadan going on here? It there is shab-e-qadar in some part of the world and the angels have descended on Earth, by the orders of Allah (as mentioned in surah al-Qadr), will they too be prevented from entering in Pakistan? It seems ridiculous. Our Ulema ought to stop playing with Islam and stop inviting laughter from the rest of the worldRecommend

  • mehmood
    Jun 24, 2017 - 1:14PM

    Why we have started making ramzan, eid, and zakat a state issue…..these things should be left with individuals.Recommend

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