Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Science and Technology Ministry at odds over Safar moon-sighting

Ministry announces Hijri month to begin on September 30, however, top moon-sighting committee says October 1

​ Our Correspondent September 29, 2019
Ministry announces Hijri month to begin on September 30, however, top moon-sighting committee says October 1. SCREENGRAB: PAKMOONSIGHTING.PK

LAHORE: The conflicting date of beginning of the upcoming Hijri month has yet again stirred a debate in the country as for the first time after its launch, the Science and Technology Ministry’s lunar calendar has conflicted with the country’s top moon-sighting committee’s date.

The ministry had predicted beginning of the month of Safar from September 30 (Monday) while according to the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, the new moon was not sighted on Sunday and the Hijri month will commence from October 1 (Tuesday).

The ministry released the date for the commencement of Safar 1441 AH on, a website based on the lunar calendar.

However, according to the committee, it had not received any evidence confirming the sighting of the moon from any part of the country.

This is not the first time the ministry and the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee have been at odds with one another.

Earlier this year, the committee's chief Mufti Muneebur Rehman took strong exception to Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry’s statement about the role of religious scholars in the moon-sighting and Pakistan's creation.

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Mufti Muneeb asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to ‘rein in’ his ministers after Fawad accused clerics of making lunar sighting for Islamic months a controversial affair every year as well as opposing the creation of Pakistan.

“Fawad Chaudhry’s statement against the opposition is his personal matter, but he should exercise restraint while commenting on religious scholars and not misquote history,” the committee chief had said.

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Adnan | 10 months ago | Reply | Recommend I think the moon sighting committee was wrong and moon was born on 29th Sept. and yakum safar was on 30th Sept for sure. so I request moon sighting committee to sit for moon sighting of Rabiulawwal on 28th Oct please.
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