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

Published: August 6, 2013
If Eid falls on August 9, it would make Ramazan a 29-day month.PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

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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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Aug 6, 2013 - 4:26PM

    This is a good hint for Maualana Qasim Jan to announce Eid a day earlier.


  • confusion
    Aug 6, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Ramadan will end in 28 days in KSA and GCC countries …wondering how our KPK Molana Sahabs will react since they have KSA following theory :


  • rizwan ullah
    Aug 6, 2013 - 4:39PM

    i fear we may see a new moon on 28th of ramazan


  • AK
    Aug 6, 2013 - 4:39PM

    So hopefully, All Pakistan is going to celebrate Eid on Friday .


    Aug 6, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Check out for the link


  • Breaking Bad
    Aug 6, 2013 - 5:30PM

    2 khutba phobia by his highness.


  • Asim
    Aug 6, 2013 - 5:50PM

    The reason why it is a 100% probability of Eid on Friday is because Ramzan started atleast a day late in the beginning, if not two!
    Wonder why they can’t use technology when they use it for all other months except for Ramzan, Muharram and Zil Haj!


  • Aug 6, 2013 - 5:52PM

    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.

    It should be ‘are’ not ‘were’,
    ET with another grammatical mistake and this time it is a basic English mistake. Very poor reporting. :(


  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 6, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated throughout the country on Friday, August 09, 2013.

    This will be first time in many many years that the entire country will be celebrating Eid on the same day i.e. on Friday, August 09, 2013.


  • TWIN
    Aug 6, 2013 - 7:30PM

    Moon was followed in pre-sceintific age to determine time, and stars were followed to determine directions. As Muslims could not invent a clock they are still following moon ( somehow they got stuck in the 7th century).


  • Dr Dang
    Aug 6, 2013 - 8:40PM

    There is no scale to measure the stupidity of the ignorant.


  • Saud
    Aug 6, 2013 - 9:05PM

    It look very strange, in times when technology and calenders are so advance that we can surely tell what would be the day on a date falling after 1000 years or more. We can calculate a nano second movement of moon. We can tell what the time and date it is on any part of the world.But Muslims! unfortunately can not tell for sure what will be their calender date tomorrow. With KSA which has only two hour time difference from Pakistan we have a date difference of two days, strang!, isn’t it. Are we Muslims living in stone age? When we will get benefits of science and technology and design our calenders which would have no dependence on Molvies or religious clerics standing on the high roof tops using telescopes designed and developed by those people of other religions to whom they condemn.


  • Legend
    Aug 6, 2013 - 9:27PM

    Please correct me if I am wrong. People in Saudi Arabia saw the moon and will be celebrating Eid on Wednesday.
    Shouldnt Eid in Pakistan be on Thursday? unless the Saudis are lying and they didnt see the moon.


  • Socrates
    Aug 6, 2013 - 9:44PM

    Although scienctific calculations are usually dismissed as heresy in Islamic Societies. I would like to post this link so that people can celebrate Eid on Friday with peace of mind.


  • A2Z
    Aug 6, 2013 - 10:01PM

    @confusion…dude read it again. They are not saying it will end in 28 days but they are just meeting to sight the new moon.
    It cannot be 28 because moonset time is 18:04 and sunset is 18:34.


  • Sachin
    Aug 7, 2013 - 1:17AM

    to all my muslim brothers, I have an academic question – nothing else. I see this kind of confusion on dates happening every year, in every country including India. I am curious to understand why one cannot use the knowledge we have about lunar cycles and phases to clearly chart out a calendar for multiple years on exactly when Ramadan occurs every year. Is there anything in the guidelines that prevent this kind of prediction.

    Please answer this without yelling at me or at Hindus. I am asking this only for my knowledge.


  • Productivity
    Aug 7, 2013 - 6:26AM

    Really [email protected] n authentic info dear…


  • Sana
    Aug 7, 2013 - 9:24PM

    i hope so lets see


  • Saleheen
    Aug 8, 2013 - 5:07AM

    The basic requirement for starting the new month is royet of hilal that is sighting of moon. No matter how accurate the calculations are the basic requirement must be fulfilled. This is exactly what happened at the starting of Ramazan as the moon was not sighted anywhere in Pakistan due to cloudy weather.


  • Alsahdiq
    Aug 9, 2013 - 5:39PM

    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.


  • Salman
    Aug 9, 2013 - 10:30PM

    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.

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


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