The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced that it saw the Shawwal moon, so Eid al-Fitr will be observed in Pakistan tomorrow (Sunday).
The committee meeting to watch the Shawwal moon was held in Karachi, with moderator Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman as chairman, and the regional committee meetings were held at their respective provincial headquarters.
Experts from the Pakistan Meteorological Department also participated in the meeting.
In Quetta, the provincial regional commission announced that it had received some testimonies from Pasni and Ormara. Gary Abdul Rashid said: “We have notified the Central Committee of this.”
The regional commission said the final decision will be made by the central committee.
Mufti Muneeb said in an interview with the media: “When a final decision is made, it will be announced in front of the media.” He said the speculation was “inappropriate” at this time.
Pir Noorul Haq Qadri, the Minister of Religious Affairs, said in a dialogue with Geographic News that the committee will be the final decision on compliance with Eid.
“The matter is a religious one, which needs religious expertise,” he said.
He said input from science “will never be turned away and can be used” but it is “unacceptable” to declare the moon sighted in advance without eyewitness testimony.
Qibla Ayaz of the Islamic Ideological Council said that if Badin and other cities in Sindh provide testimony, then the chance for Eid al-Fitr will be greater tomorrow. He said news from these cities is waiting.
Speaking of technology, he said that ulema do not oppose science but “the tradition of Ruet must be kept alive”.