Friday Jun 15, 2018
KARACHI: The moon of the month of Shawwal could not be sighted in the country on Thursday hence Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced.
The decision was announced at a press conference after a meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman was held in Karachi for the sighting of moon.
The announcement regarding Eid-ul-Fitr was made after testimonies of moon sighting were received from different parts of the country.
Besides the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, zonal committees also held their meetings in major cities of the country to collect regarding the sighting of Shawwal moon.
Mufti Muneeb announced that the committee did not receive a testimony regarding moon sighting from any part of the country, hence, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated inthe country on Saturday.
In Pakistan, the holy month of Ramazan began on Thursday, May 17.
In Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Judicial Council announced sighting of Shawwal moon, after which the kingdom will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday.
Turkey will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also telephoned President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday and extended Eid greetings to him in advance.
The moon-sighting committee in Japan also announced celebrating Eid on Friday.
In India, Shawwal moon could not be sighted on Thursday, hence, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, according to Indian media outlets.
People in France and United Arab Emirates will also be celebrating Eid on Friday, following official announcements there.