KARACHI - Moon has been sighted and first Ramazan will be observed Thursday (today), announced Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneebur Rehman here on Wednesday night.

Addressing a press conference along with members of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, representatives of the Meteorological Departments, Mufti Muneeb said that testimonies of moon-sighting were received from various parts of the country including Lower Dir, Buner, Nathia Gali, Abbottabad, Quetta and other areas. After finalising the evidence, it was being announced that moon for Ramazanul Mubarak had been sighted and first day of the holy month will be observed on Thursday (today) across the country, he said.

Earlier, a meeting was held at the main office of Meteorological Department to determine moon-sighting. Mufti Muneeb chaired the meeting while the evidence of moon-sighting from across the country were collected.

It is pertinent to mention here that, this year the holy month of Ramazan is starting across Pakistan including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along with Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf countries on the same day.

AFP adds: The holy month of Ramazan will also begin today in Saudi Arabia, authorities said.

“The first day of the holy fasting month of Ramazan falls on Thursday corresponding to May 17, 2018,” the Royal Court said in a statement published by state news agency SPA.

The start date is set by both lunar calculations and physical sightings which determine when the last day of one lunar month ends and a new one begins.

Traditionally, many Muslim-majority countries have followed the dates set by Saudi religious authorities, but in recent years many have used their own astronomical calculations.

It was during Ramazan that the holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) started receiving revelations of the holy Quran.



Same-day advent of Ramazan