Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to Meet Today for Zilhajj Moon Sighting

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to meet today in Karachi to sight the moon for Zilhajj. Zonal meetings will also take place in provincial capitals and Islamabad, starting 30 minutes before the Maghrib prayer. This is to ensure a coordinated effort in moon sighting across the country.

Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, the chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, will lead the meeting.

Earlier, on June 3, an official from the Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council made a prediction about the moon sighting for Eid-ul-Azha. Khalid Ijaz Mufti, the Secretary General of the council, predicted that the moon would likely be visible on June 7. According to him, the moon will be born on June 6 at 5:38 PM. By the evening of June 7, the moon will be 25 hours old, making it likely to be seen. He expects Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated on Monday, June 17.

Eid-ul-Azha Will be Celebrate on June 16

In Saudi Arabia, the crescent moon marking the start of Zilhajj has already been sighted, as announced by the Saudi Supreme Court on Thursday. According to their official statement, the first day of Zilhajj will be observed on Friday, June 7. This also means Arafat Day, a significant day in the Hajj pilgrimage, will be on Saturday, June 15. Following this, Eid-ul-Azha, the festival of sacrifice, will be celebrated on Sunday, June 16.

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Gulf News reported this announcement, confirming the key Islamic calendar dates. According to Saudi authorities, this sighting aligns with lunar calculations. Arafat Day is on the 9th day of Zilhajj, and Eid-ul-Azha is on the 10th day.

Moreover, this synchronized observation of the moon plays a crucial role in unifying the Muslim community’s religious practices. It also ensures that significant events like Hajj and Eid-ul-Azha are celebrated together, reflecting unity in their faith. The efforts of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and similar bodies worldwide help maintain this tradition.

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