Eid moon spotted in North Waziristan

Published: August 17, 2012
Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in the region on August 18. PHOTO: FILE

Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in the region on August 18. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: The local Ulema Committee announced on Friday that the Shawwal moon has been sighted in the Mir Ali district of North Waziristan, Express News reported.

Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in the region on August 18, the committee stated.

The committee had received reports of moon sighting from six witnesses.

Earlier, Pakistan Meteorological Department predicted that Shawwal moon would not be sighted even on August 18 and Eid will be celebrated on August 20 in Pakistan.

For the first time in years, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the rest of the country observed the first Ramazan on the same day. However, Eid will be celebrated on different days.

Correction: The photo caption incorrectly stated “August 17” instead of “August 18”. The error is regretted.

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  • Aug 17, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Eid Mubaarak ho =)


  • Umair
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:51PM

    If Ramzan was started on same day, then Eid can not be tomorrow. please recheck


  • Ikra
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:52PM

    Ye cheez :D


  • Maz Bari
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Hahaha this is funny!


  • A J Khan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:55PM

    This moon has been sighted out of no where. Thats what TTP can do.


  • Uzair
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:56PM

    LMAO =D hahahahaha. This is EPIC. I would ask my brother countrymen to please have a look at the moon which is still very thick for eid to be celebrated. I mean this is pure insane JAHILIYA just trying to associate themselves with Saudi Arabia which is not possible due to geographic constraints


  • FJ
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:57PM

    N. Wazirstan beats Saudi Arab in moon sighting lol


  • Ali
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:57PM

    lolzzzzzzzzzzz 28 rozay !!! you gotta be kidding me … !!!


  • Kamran khan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Kaash they were that good in spotting enemies 


  • Kaleem
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:07PM

    I always thought they are wrong, but there can be a possibility of early moon sighting in that part of country. Afghanistan sights moon earlier and celebrates eid one day before us, and this region borders Afghanistan. Having said that, have afghans sighted the moon yet? :P


  • Khalid
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:11PM

    I’m in Riyadh and it is still not sighted here even. Lol!!


  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Does not it make 28 days of ramaza? is it possible eid after 28 days


  • san
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:16PM

    they might have seen white drone instead of moon.Recommend

  • Max
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Science and dark ages. Some small time Mufti, about whom no one cares, becomes an important person to see the moon and then return to his cave to hibrrnate for full one year. Live a twentith century life. Such things were done when people were living in deserts.


  • aq.inqalabi
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:28PM

    hanks to our few Ulemas in North Waziristan Pakistan has beaten Saudi Arabia first time in the history of Moon Sighting Competition!

    Let us all be Proud of it! Even astrological department of Karachi University are feeling ashamed of themselves that how they could not predict the exact birth of moon!

    No wonder, Why America is so much interested in North Waziristan, because Alhamdulilah North Waziristan has proved that they are more advanced than NASA!


  • Hafsa
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:29PM

    28 rozas :/Recommend

  • Afghanistan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:30PM

    pakistan should be different from other muslim countries because they have atom bomb. Usually pakistanis celebrate three eids in three different days. But anyway, happy eid to pakistani muslim brothers.


  • Ali
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:33PM

    Muslims should have one eid.
    There is no difference between Muslims of waziristan and saudia. We will celebrate eid whereever moon is sighted first….


  • Azhar
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Mujhe samajh Nae ata Akhir yeh log chate kiya Han jo har saal koi na koi scebe esa create karte Han ab 28 roze rakh kar yeh log kon ce eid mana rahe Han Allah inhe hidayat ata kare. Ameen


  • sumyia
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:43PM

    ramadan 28 days ka nii ha
    today was their 29th roza and its not about people or country its about moon if we obsrved it from the 1st day of last asra we will also see it


  • Sohaib
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:45PM

    Only Tribune has reported this news, browsed through all the news channels for the past hour and not a single report about this.
    What scene?


  • N Lo
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Beware, it is an Amrikan drone flying in the shape of a new moon. This is all a conspiracy to divide people by Amrika and her sister country Israel. And now Amrikans can control when we fast and we have eid. Pretty soon they will be able to control the sun timing as well controlling all aspects our life.


  • Mohib
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:49PM

    For God sake,if u see lunar calanders on net,none of them show the possibility of seeing the moon on 17th of August.These ppl r insaneRecommend

  • R.A
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:49PM

    What a joke
    Waziristan can change the course of nature
    Perhapse it was the last moon sighting night of Ramzan

  • Mohammad Sediq
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:50PM

    It is impossible to see the moon today, as it is not the first day of Shawal. More ever, Pakistan has officially started the Ramadan on Saturday. If they celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitre on Saturday, then they would have had 28 days of Ramadan which has never taken place in the history of Islam.
    I recommend the Pakis to continue taking the fast till Sunday!!!!!


  • sumyia
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:53PM

    i dnt thnk they r wrong i mean 6 witness r enough :)


  • arman
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:56PM

    hillarious. Asad Munir @asadmunir38
    Eid in North Waziristan and NA 55 tomorrow.


  • akbar
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Its very typical about Mir Ali north waziristan. This is not the first time they announced eid so earlier. There is a group of jokers there who been doing it for years but nobody in waziristan give a damn to their claims. Waziristan will celeborate eid when the moon is sighted by reliable and confirmed sources. Today’s announcement was made by un-relaible people and some media stooge reported it.The known ulema of the area has regretted this anouncement and has announced that moon is not sighted anywhere,people are requested not to listen to fake committees and keep fasting.


  • Aziz
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:02PM

    @sumyia: It is not possible for the moon to be sighted in that region according to the observatory. The new moon is tonite but it will not be visible any where in the world not even in Arabs countries. There is a slim chance that the moon might be visible in south american countries, See below link



  • Rameez
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Wah yaarr….28 rozon k bad he Waziristan walon ko Chand nazar aa gaya….!!!
    Epic..Earlier they observed with Gulf States, but this time they have even beaten them..
    And the time is not very far away when they would be observing ahead of Ramadan..lols.!


  • sajid
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Its good news..I hope there will be NO DRONE ATTACK:))))))))


  • Ashar
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:22PM

    If they have sighted the moon today, then hopefully we will sight the moon tomorrow in other parts of the country….thus eid for us on Sunday :-)


  • Raw is War
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:32PM

    who cares


  • Aug 17, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Here, In Kenya, nothing sighted so far. Unfortunately, there are no technological reserve for the purpose of sighting moon.


  • farhan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:52PM

    Its not even possible, even with the world most powerful telescope. Please go to moonsighting.com and find out the moon status for waziristan. Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Lots of people saying Eid is not possible on Saturday. Yes, it is… it means you started Ramadhan late and it happens every year.


  • Imran Ali
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:53PM

    It’s completely ridiculous! The Moon is impossible to be sighted toady in Pakistan, according to astronomical observations.


  • missing-something
    Aug 17, 2012 - 11:20PM


    the whole country will observe America instead of Eid.


  • ali
    Aug 17, 2012 - 11:58PM

    If there is a bird drone then y not a moon shaped drone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Khyber
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:03AM

    @rahim bukhsh
    It is the 28th of Ramadan only in the ” land of the pure”,” the sole guardian of Islam”
    and ” the Islamic purification laboratory”.
    And for the rest of the Islamic ( inculding the tribal belt ) it is the 29th of Ramadan.
    This also shows that Pakistan is unique in every angle from the rest of the world.


  • Copper Kettle
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:11AM

    This has to be by a 80 year old, one eyed , blunderbus toteing mujahid!


  • True Muslim Paki
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:13AM

    28 rozay! These chaps are funny.


  • Domlurian
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:25AM

    The moon is seen all over the world every night (except the new moon of course). This is news in Pakistan??!! Has no one in Pakistan ever seen the moon before?


  • Asif Ali khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:44AM

    The status of Waziristan is an occupied territor be extremists militants, one can’t say about the status of Eid moon.


  • Indian Catholic
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:45AM

    Brothers, I hate to break it to you but even the Jews follow a lunar calendar.
    The Jews migrated long ago to a system where they don’t sight the moon but instead depend on scientific calculations to determine their important dates
    If you think you are more orthodox than Jews, think again. I have lived with both.
    So instead of some fool saying he has been able to sight the moon in North Waziristan, but not Saudi Arabia which is anyway behind us, why doesn’t Pakistan show the path?
    Need I remind you, Islam brought Europe out of its dark ages and the version of Islam at that time was much more open and accommodating than the other extreme where you have gone to now.


  • Aug 18, 2012 - 1:02AM

    Wait! Saudi Arabia is having on Sunday, rest of Pakistan will have it on Monday and Waziristan got it on Saturday – this keeps getting funnier and funnier! Recommend

  • Ammar
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Dont understand these Mullas offer prayers according to clock but will not follow met office for the Eid. Just few years back there were fatwas against anyone who offer prayers by following clocks. These Mullas!!!


  • bayareaguy
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:26AM

    I guess they must have spotted “chand bibi”


  • Parvez
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:26AM

    This is not the first or worst abuse of religion by these yahoos.


  • Mahi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:34AM

    Put them all in jail and ban them forever,NUFF SAID!


  • Mahi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:36AM

    It’s NOT about seeing or not seeing moon,it’s about seeing it even before it arrives,know what I mean;)


  • Mahi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:43AM

    @Raw is War:
    You cared enough to post,eh?


  • MAB
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:57AM

    This is so weird it isn’t even funny. Maybe they have a Private Moon that shows up on demand.


  • Amob
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:21AM

    Once again, Pakistan is first in everything!!!


  • Adam Mikaeel Taalam
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:29AM

    A time is coming when the moon will take 35 days to circle the earth. Prepare for a longer fasting guyz.


  • wahaj
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:29AM

    that must be a joke…
    how is it possible …>


  • bash gul
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Media should iqnore such news. Media are making fools of themselves just like the motor running on water


  • Pak1
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:43AM

    now the moon is sighted in North Wazirstan, let’s blow it up too.


  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:50AM

    Bunch of stupid Ulema of North Wazirstan. The first day moon cannot be sighted anywhere in the world on Friday, while on Saturday evening it can only be sighted in southern African countries and Southern American countries, wwww.moonsighting.com. The Taliban Mullahs have their own Islam unrelated to Prophet Muhammad SAW, misguiding people there and dividing people all over Pakistan. Army should kill them all.


  • Feisal Rahimtoola
    Aug 18, 2012 - 3:00AM

    @Raheem Bukhsh:
    Probably in mid 60s it happened in Saudi Arabia and citizens were asked to have a compensatory roza the next day of Eid (or were they given choice to select the day, I do not recall). If it happened in Saudi Arabia, why not here?


  • Aug 18, 2012 - 3:02AM

    Wow ! What A Joke ! they are taking this holy month as an ordinary month…. How Unlucky and illiterate these guys are !!!!


  • khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 3:20AM

    This should not be happened like this. Pakistan is one country to they should do every thing on same day.

    Thank you




  • the observer
    Aug 18, 2012 - 3:24AM

    The clergies of Waziristan must have a powerful ultrasound machine to be able to detect a moon that has not been born yet. The more sophisticated they become the less number of fasting days to count.


  • Mohd Butt
    Aug 18, 2012 - 5:26AM

    Looks our waziristan Muslim brothers are little bit quick for eid, excitement of eid? Or tired of Ramazan? Where do you like brothers which planet, on earth it can not be eid on Saturday. Love you all?


  • SH
    Aug 18, 2012 - 5:46AM

    Maybe in Mars….they sited it there! These morons should be banished there forever.


  • A
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:32AM

    Eid Mubarak :D


  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:39AM

    Roza khao….insaan maro…aur Islam ka naam badnaam karo..


  • Aug 18, 2012 - 6:48AM


    If the Mullah says its EID its Eid!

    So Eid Mubarak :)


  • Azim
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:53AM

    just proves they are closer to God, then any other Muslim/ human on this planet…. Let’s pray that their God calls him closer fast – Ameen

    Pakistan Zindabad


  • Aug 18, 2012 - 7:15AM

    @san: yessir, they must have seen a ‘white drone.’
    So, now in North Waziristan the mullas will conjure up another excuse to celebrate Eid ul Fitr after observing 28 fasts in Ramazan Kareem. The mullas always have more excuses then the total population of Pakistan.
    Salams to Pakistan.


  • khalq e khuda
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:49AM

    They are making a political statement that come what may they will notcelebrate Eid on same day as declared by Government of Pakistan. Pakistan should reclaim North Waziristanand start operation asap.


  • Obaid Ullah Khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 9:33AM

    When you talk of these extremists and ignorant mullahs and their eye sights every thing is possible. So no surprise at all. But this time other will also have to question their credibility because moon was even not got its rebirth.


  • Bloom
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Thank God they did’nt witness moon after 15th Roza


  • waqas
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:03AM

    This is ridiculous, they admit that it was the 28th fast and still they have cited the moon somehow. I hope Imran Khan wont blame this on drone attacks.


  • Feisal Rahimtoola
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:09AM

    @Mohammad Sediq:
    In Saudi Arabia there has been Eid after 28 rozas in the 20th century but they kept a compensatory roza in Shawwal.


  • Feisal Rahimtoola
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:16AM

    @Indian Catholic:
    Muslims may have taken Greek Research and Knowledge to the West – things Arabs had learnt from Non-Muslim Greeks through tutelage/apprenticeship. They probably could play this role because of bigotted supression by the orthodox church/papacy which was, at one point, very anti-science and against inventions. If Muslims had science in their genes, it would not have disappeared!


  • Esswasim
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Well if they have 6 witnesses that is already enough to celebrate Eid worldwide, there is hadeeth where prophet didn’t sight the moon then a group of travellers reached late night and said they have sighted the moon in some far place, and prophet announced the whole Muslim ummah should start Eid today. Means it is nit necessary for everyone to sight the moon, if one group sights others have to obey rather than fight to see their own moon… Islam is one religion and Eid falls on same day for all Muslims whether in Arab r India r Malaysia r another place in world… Muslims of this age have made mockery of religion of Islam and it is not the characteristic of true Muslim to be so stingy in their attitude…


  • Sohail
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:54PM


    Other newspapers have also reported it. Below is the link from Dawn:



  • Pani wali Garhi
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:39PM

    After hunger-games, let us play, ‘moon sighting-games’, after all its fun all over. These Waziristani folk gave this game, totally new meaning and took it to whole new level.


  • Imran
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:45PM

    @Raheem Bukhsh:
    Yes it is possible. They would have to keep roza after Eid because that means they started a day late.


  • Azim
    Aug 19, 2012 - 4:53AM

    This must be a american conspiracy !

    Only happens in the land created in the name of Islam!

    Pakistan Zindabad!


  • Muhammah malik
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:51AM

    Reality of Muslim Ummah they can’t even celebrate Eid on 1 day thats shame full…


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 19, 2012 - 4:08PM

    Next time be careful. Americans are now designing their Drones in the shape of Moon.Recommend

  • Mahi
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Don’t you worry about us,we still live a BETTER life than you.Concentrate on your progress and leave us alone,thank you!


  • Mahi
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @Indian Catholic:
    Thank you for the lecture,now tell me one thing did you see ANYONE supporting those fools for claiming to have seen moon and celebrating Eid?NO.
    You’ve a problem with that oppose all you want,but please spare us lectures,thank you!


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