Moon-sighting: Popalzai announces Eidul Azha on September 24

Published: September 14, 2015
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PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS

PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: 

The local Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in Peshawar has decided that Eid-ul-Azha will be observed in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on September 24, as moon has not been sighted on Sunday.

A meeting of the local crescent-sighting body headed by Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai was held in Masjid Qasim Ali Khan for deciding the start of the month of Zul Hajjah.

Popalzai said that Ruet-e-Hilal meetings have also been held in nine other districts for receiving reports of moon sighting. He added that they did not receive any evidence of moon sighting from any part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, hence they decided that Eid-ul-Azha will be observed on the 24th of the on-going month.

Meanwhile, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting with Mufti Muneebur Rehman in the chair will be held on Monday (today) at Met Office Karachi to decide about the sighting or otherwise of the Zul Hajjah crescent. Eidul Azha is observed on the 10th day of Zul Hajjah. The committee will make its decision after collecting evidence of moon-sighting from different parts of the country.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th,  2015.

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  • Khan Gul
    Sep 14, 2015 - 7:07AM

    The Mullah is caught Between Pashtun and Pakistani patriotism. If not what else? If Imran Khan criticizes the Mullah, he will be branded as a leader from Lahore or if he accepts the Mullah’s version he will be accused of supporting a Pashtun Mullah. In other words, IK is caught between the devil and deep sea. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 14, 2015 - 7:09AM

    This guy is moon sighting terrorist.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 14, 2015 - 8:10AM

    Understand that he has regularly sighted UFOs as well…Recommend

  • think
    Sep 14, 2015 - 8:37AM

    Has anybody tries to atleast scientifically validate the decision of Mufti Muneeb? How is it possible that a moon has been sighted in the west and in the east but not in Pakistan. Could anyone please tell me what version of this Mullah is?? Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2015 - 9:32AM

    @Rollin & Trollin: Hahahaaah! Lovely! Have a nice day. SalamsRecommend

  • Sep 14, 2015 - 9:35AM

    Bravo and Viva Popalzai! Zindabad! Hajj Mubarak and Eid Mubarak in advance. SalamsRecommend

  • ABC
    Sep 14, 2015 - 4:53PM

    On what basis; Which clause of constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan authorizes / allows Mr. Popalzai to sight and annouce sighting of moon in a province of our country. If the answer is not, then this is against the law, constitution and an act against the state and Islam.

    The state i.e. Provincial and Federal Government should take action against him and arrest him as this has been happening for 15 to 20 years or may be more than that.

    Can any other country will allow this to happen ????????????

    Please respond with appropriate Examplessssssssss.!!!!!

    ABC Karachi.Recommend

  • Muhammad Malik
    Sep 14, 2015 - 11:54PM

    Moon is not sighted in India as well. Popalzai’s 29th is on sunday & they failed to sight moon and its very obvious phenomenan that a moon not sighted on 29th will be easily sighted on next day but in Pakistan as well as in India the moon is not sighted today which is Popalzai’s 30th day.

    This clearly shows that Popalzai’s calculations are wrong because he depends on local people while Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has all the advanced facilities, like meterological department & their mathematical calculations, advanced powerful telescopes, SUPARCO’s advanced astronomical observatories & equipments and Local Ruet-e-Hilal Committees all over the country for their help.

    So one can easily say the information of moon sighting by Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is far much authentic than a local Popalzai’s Committee which depends on local people moon sighting by naked eye or simple binoculars.Recommend

  • adil
    Sep 23, 2015 - 6:16PM

    Shame on u mr popalzai. U always create division n a feeling of rivalry among pakistani people of kpk. Pls fear Almighty Allah n spread unity among ur people. Imran khan is requested to take serious notice of his actionsRecommend

  • adil
    Sep 23, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Popalzai is not pakistani, not even by birth. If anyone has accurate details of his birthplace please share. This man messes eids nd ramadan in pakistan alwaysRecommend

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