Shawwal moon delay: Leaked video of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee member triggers controversy 1

Shawwal moon delay: Leaked video of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee member triggers controversy

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Karachi: After the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced late at night that it had seen the moon on Eid al-Fitr (which shocked the whole country), the controversial video spread widely on social media, which made things more complicated.

a leaked video started making rounds on social media in which Mufti Yaseen Zafar, a member of the Central RHC, could be seen talking on the phone with someone and saying that the committee announced eid “in a bid to show unity.” 

And as if the video was not enough to arouse suspicion among the masses regarding the sighting of Eid moon, Mufti Mubeeb ur Rehman, the former chairman of the Central RHC, issued a statement and asked believers to observe a qaza fast in lieu of 30 Ramadan. 

He also asked those observing aitkaaf to perform kazak at the same time as fasting, and added that he would also fast on Friday to make up for the missed roza.

On Wednesday night, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chaired by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad lasted for several hours. At approximately 11:30 pm, Maulana Azad announced that Eid al-Fitr will be observed in Pakistan on Thursday, May 13, adding that it has been received from Balochistan and other committees under Islamic law. The area received evidence of the discovery of the moon.

Following the announcement, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi had said that the government had “fulfilled its promise to the nation of celebrating Eid on the same day throughout the country.”

“There was a delay but we gave the people the gift of a singular Eid,” he said.

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