Chances of moon-sighting on Thursday extremely high: Met Department

According to the Met department, chances of Eid-ul-Fitr taking place on Friday, August 9, were a 100 percent.


Web Desk August 06, 2013
If Eid falls on August 9, it would make Ramazan a 29-day month.PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has said that chances of sighting the moon on Thursday night were extremely high in both Sindh and Balochistan, Express News reported.

According to the Met department, chances of Eidul Fitr taking place on Friday, August 9, were a 100 percent.

The Met department said that the moon would be clearly sighted in interior areas of Sindh including Hyderabad and Karachi. Chances of sighting the moon in Punjab on August 8 were 50 percent, the department said.

Pakistan will celebrate Eidul Fitr on August 9 if the moon is sighted on August 8.

The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will formally convene on August 8 for the sighting of the Eid-ul-Fitr moon.

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COMMENTS (21)

Salman | 7 years ago | Reply

@TWIN: You seem to be oblivious to the facts that many Muslim organisations in the West and an increasing number in the Eastern hemisphere DO USE scientific calculations and observatories to determine the sighting the birth of the new moon and subsequent crescent. The difference of opinion in determining when to sight the moon is down to the methodology and criterion used and who you really follow.

Jews also use a lunar calendar. Before the creation of the state of Israel, to start a new month they had a lot more confusion and disagreement than the Muslims have. Then Israel formulated that if the New Moon is born before 12 O’clock at midnight, then the next day will be the first date of the new lunar month. Muslims have a different criteria altogether

The Saudi's use the Um Ul Qurra calendar, which historically has been erroneous on a number of occasions. It was used primarily for running the affairs of the state without any confusion, the Umm-ul-Qurra calendar always had precedence over Islamic dates.

Those who celebrated Eid Ul Fitr in the UK on Thursday 8/8/2013, followed the pronouncements of Saudi Arabia. Those who celebrated Eid Ul Fitr on Friday 9th of August, did so according to local Ruait-e-Hilal and confirmation through observatory.

@Alsahdiq You are correct and this can be confirmed by the website moonsighting.com as well as other independent sites. Most countries are now confirming validated confirmation of moonsighting on Thursday 8th August 2013.

Alsahdiq | 7 years ago | Reply

The very first place in the world where Shuwwaal Helaal was seen was in Chile in South America on the evening of Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013. So it was only in the Americas that Muslims could celebrate Eid on Thursday. That same moon travelled further West and then after crossing International Dateline started being seen in Australia and in many many countries in the West on the evening of Thursday. Same happened at the beginig of Rumzaan when moon was seen in Polynesian Island on the evening of Monday July 8, 2013 then was seen in Austarlia on the evning of Tuesday July 9, 2013 then in many countries all the way West from there remaining mainly in the South. The nearest it came to be seen in this part of the world on July 9 was in Sri Lanka. Muslims in the sub continent should have started fasting from Wednesday on that basis.

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