Moon sighted: Pakistan to celebrate Eid, August 31

Ruet-e-Hilal committee receives confirmation of Shawwal moon sighting; shoppers throng market places.

Express August 30, 2011

The Ruet-e-Hilal central committee announced that Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in the country on August 31.

The announcement came after members of the committee received 21 reports of the sighting of the Shawwal moon. The official announcement was made by Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman.

Market places across the country have been flooded by shoppers making last minute purchases and enjoying the sights and sounds of Chaand raat.

Controvesry did however surround this Eid's moon sighting, as Eid was celebrated in most parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.

Mufti Shahabuddin Popolzai, the chief cleric at Peshawar’s historic Masjid Qasim Ali Khan, told the media after a meeting of his own unofficial moon-sighting committee that they have received ‘testimonies’ about moon-sighting from 10 persons from different parts of the province.

Mufti Popolzai’s ‘decree’ coincided with an official announcement from the Saudi religious authorities that the Shawwal moon has been sighted and Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in the kingdom on Tuesday, August 30.

Other Middle Eastern and Gulf states – including Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iran and Iraq – also celebrated Eid on Tuesday.

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