Moon sighted: Pakistan to observe first Ramadan on Thursday


PESHAWAR – The Ramadan moon was sighted on Wednesday evening in Pakistan, and the first Ramadan will be observed on Thursday, March 23, Ruet Hilal Members Committees announced after the stretched meeting.

In his presser, Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad said the Ramadan moon was sighted in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bhukkur and Swabi.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting was held in Khyber Pakhtnkhuwa capital under the aegis of Chairman Committee Maulana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad while zonal meetings held in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Islamabad.

In another bid to create unity, and consensus on the sighting of the crescent of Ramadan, the government has decided to hold the meeting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital.

Meanwhile, the Ruet body has invited people from the private committees to record evidence. The government took some new steps to create consensus so that Muslims across the country could fast together and celebrate Eid on the same day.

On the other hand, Pakistan Meteorological Department predicted that the chances of moon sightings are less today in light of cloudy weather.

Ramadan to begin on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, other Gulf nations

Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar have announced to observe Ramadan from Thursday, on the expected sighting of the crescent moon. The supreme court of KSA announced evening that Wednesday would be the last day of the Islamic calendar month of Shaban, which precedes Holy Month.

The blessed month is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar, which begins at the first sight of the moon.