As the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, people across Pakistan are preparing for the celebration of Eid ul Fitr. However, the date of Eid ul Fitr is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon, which requires patience and debate among officials.
According to Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council Secretary General Khalid Aijaz, the moon will not be sighted on April 20th, ruling out the possibility of Eid ul Fitr on April 21st, as many had anticipated. Instead, Aijaz predicted that the new crescent will be born at 9:13am on April 20th, and its age will be less than 10 hours that day.
Aijaz explained that for the crescent to be sighted, the duration should be more than 19 hours, and even if the sky is clear on April 20th, the moon will not be spotted. As a result, any testimony received on April 20th will be false, and the month of Ramadan will last for 30 days, with Eid ul Fitr falling on April 22nd.
The Ruet-i-Hilal Research Council has confirmed that Eid ul Fitr is likely to be celebrated on April 22nd, following the completion of 30 fasting days of the holy month of Ramazan. The council’s Secretary-General, Khalid Ijaz Mufti, said that the committee’s meeting is set to convene on April 20th in order to sight the Shawwal moon.
If the crescent is sighted on Thursday evening, then Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on April 21st. However, it is unlikely that the moon will be sighted the same evening. According to the council, the birth of the moon is expected to occur on Thursday, April 20th, at 9:13am Pakistan time.
The difference between sunset and moonset, which should be more than 40 minutes, will only be 21 minutes in some areas of Pakistan, such as Peshawar, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Charsadda, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Quetta, and Jiwani. In Lahore and Karachi, it will be 20 minutes.
Even if weather conditions throughout Pakistan are clear, there is no possibility of sighting the moon, even with a telescope, on the evening of April 20th. Mufti affirmed that any reports of crescent sighting from any province, city, or area of Pakistan on the evening of April 20th would be false.
Mufti stated that on the evening of April 21st, the moon’s age at sunset will be more than 33 hours in all areas of Pakistan. Additionally, the difference between sunset and moonset will be 80 minutes, which is considerable. As a result, the crescent will appear thick and late on the night of the 30th fast, leading some people to believe it is not the first but a two-day-old crescent. However, from both a Sharia and scientific perspective, it will be considered the first crescent.
Eid ul Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. The festival is typically celebrated with prayers, family gatherings, and feasting. The exact date of Eid ul Fitr is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon, which marks the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.