Moon sightings: Eid to be celebrated in parts of Fata, K-P on Thursday

Unofficial but influential Qasim Ali Khan Mosque in Peshawar will convene to sight the Shawwal moon on Thursday.

Our Correspondents August 07, 2013
Local committees in North Waziristan, Khyber Agency, Mohmand Agency report moon sightings. PHOTO: FILE

LANDI KOTAL/ MIRANSHAH/ CHARSADDA: People in North Waziristan, Mohmand Agency, and parts of the Khyber Agency will observe Eidul Fitr on Thursday after clerics in these areas said they had received testimonies on sighting the Eid moon.

At least 13 people, six from the Mir Ali district and seven from Miranshah district of North Waziristan testified in front of a local unofficial Ruet-e-Hilal committee that they had sighted the crescent for the Islamic month of Shawwal.

In Ashkhel area of Landikotal district in Khyber Agency, a committee formed by former MNA Pir Noorul Haq Qadri reported that six witnesses had testified before them, claiming to have sighted Shawwal moon. The committee subsequently announced its decision to observe Eidul Fitr on Thursday.

Abdul Malik, a local cleric from Landikotal, said that they had received four testimonies from witnesses at the Junidia Mosque in the Karkhano Market of Peshawar. This raises the number of witnesses to 10 in the area.

In Mohmand Agency, two women and a man testified to sighting the Shawwal moon with the local committee in Bazaar Jumaat of Ghalanai headquarters of the agency. The committee subsequently announced that Eid will be celebrated in the area on Thursday.

Meanwhile, tribesmen from Akka khel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency have decided to observe Eid on Thursday since they had synced the start of Ramazan with Saudi Arabia, and will observe Eid with them.

Some houses in Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda district have also decided to observe Eid on Thursday.

Qasim Ali Khan mosque 

The unofficial but influential Qasim Ali Khan Mosque in Peshawar will convene a meeting of its moon sighting committee on Thursday to receive evidences on moon sighting and decide whether the holy month of Ramazan is ending on Friday or Saturday.

Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee

Meanwhile, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet on Thursday evening in Karachi to sight the Shawwal moon.

Chairman of the Committee Mufti Muneebur Rehman will chair the meeting.


Babashakkari | 10 years ago | Reply

Unless one observed from space or moon itself there was absolutely no chance of moon sighting in entire Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening. You can bring me any number of witnesses in middle of night that they have seen sun and it is time for Zuhr prayers, I would not believe because we know you cannot see sun in middle of night.Same goes in the case of moon, It was not on our (or Saudi) horizon at all on Wednesday. No human or telescope could have seen it.

Fahad Raza | 10 years ago | Reply

I think observatories should be set on higher mountains rather than on skyscrapers of Karachi to resolve the matters once n for all. Every one goes to the roof of his house to sight the moon right...

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