Ramazan announcement: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to observe first fast today

Provincial govt refrains as Qasim Ali Khan mosque goes ahead with announcement.

Express August 01, 2011


The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has refrained from making an official statement even as Peshawar’s influential Qasim Ali Khan Mosque announced late Sunday that Ramazan will begin on Monday.

According to the mosque’s clerics, including Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai, evidence of moon sightings were received from Peshawar and surrounding areas from six people, including a woman, on the basis of which they announced that the first fast of Ramazan will be observed in Peshawar on Monday.

Residents of Mirali town of North Waziristan, Barakam­barkhel and Mamoond town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also observe Ramazan today.

Meanwhile, the government has not made any announcement yet and the provincial minister for religious affairs has said that the administration of Qasim Ali Khan Mosque has violated the promise as they had earlier agreed to convene a session on Monday.

Earlier, an emergency session was summoned in Peshawar for moon sighting at Qasim Ali Khan mosque after reports came in of receiving evidence.

The clerics of Qasim Ali Khan Mosque have earlier refused to accept the authority of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, which is due to meet on Monday for the moon sighting. The rest of Pakistan is likely to observe Ramazan from Tuesday.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2011.


Waseem | 12 years ago | Reply

Recently i have come to know that in Qasim ali khan several Persons came for watnesses who has seen the the shawal moon...............

touseef | 12 years ago | Reply

the problem with the rest is that even if they sight the moon they dont observe fast the just celebrate eid. And according to astronomical calculation the New Moon is on July 30, 2011 (Saturday) at 18:40 Universal Time (9:40 p.m. Makkah time). Sunset at Makkah on July 30 is at 7:01 p.m. The birth of the new moon will be 2:39 minutes after sunset. On the following day, Sunday July 31, the sunset in Makkah will be at 7:01 p.m. and moonset is at 7:26 p.m. Therefore 1st day of Ramadan is Monday, August 1, insha'Allah. First Tarawih prayer will be on Sunday night.

Eid ul-Fitr 1432 AH: The Astronomical New Moon is on August 29, 2011 (Monday) at 3:04 Universal Time (6:04 a.m. Makkah time). On Monday, August 29, sunset at Makkah is 6:40 p.m. local time, while moonset is at 6:44 pm local time. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid ul-Fitr is Tuesday, August 30, insha'Allah.

May Allah (swt) keep us on the right path, and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen. For more detailed information, please visit: www.fiqhcouncil.org or www.moonsighting.com

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman Fiqh Council of North Americ

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