The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee’s meeting for moon sighting is being held on Wednesday in Karachi to decide the beginning of holy month of Ramazan in the country, Express News reported.
Committee’s chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman announced that the meeting would begin after Asr (evening) prayers. Whereas, zonal committees will hold their meetings in their respective provincial headquarters, he added.
Ramazan likely to begin from May 17 in Pakistan
The holy month for the Islamic year 1439 Hijri is likely to begin from Thursday as, according to officials, there were fair chances that the moon would be sighted this evening.
On Tuesday, Khalid Ejaz Mufti, the Secretary General of the Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) had said that the holy month could begin from Thursday despite the fact that Ramazan moon was not sighted in Gulf and the Far East countries.
In Pakistan, Ramazan usually begins a day after it starts in Saudi Arabia.
Moon sighting remains a conundrum for scholars
According to Mufti, new moon could be sighted only if its age was more than 19 hours at sunset and the difference between sunset and moonset is more than 40 minutes.
He added the age of the new moon on Wednesday evening will be more than 26 hours in all cities of Pakistan, and the difference between sunset and moonset will be 58-60 minutes.
If the lunar moon is sighted tonight, then Pakistan, after decades-long lapse, will join other world countries in starting the fasting month together.
According to media reports, Muslims in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan are also likely to begin the holy month form Thursday.