Moon-sighting to be decided under religious teachings: CII chief
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Dr Qibla Ayaz has said that Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will remain a key part in determining moon-sighting and Eid despite the presence of a lunar calendar on Tuesday.
He said the sighting of moon always decided in the light of the teachings of holy Quran and Hadith adding that any decision about the lunar calendar will be taken after Eidul Fitr.
Qibla Ayaz said that the CII has received lunar calendar from the science ministry and research department of the council working on the matter. Dr Ayaz said he value the development of technology but the Ruet input is also necessary.
He said the calendar informs about when and where the moon will be sighted. He said according to Quran and Hadith the new moon announced after it sighted as per the teachings of Islam.
CII chief posed question if the government has disbanded the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee or it has allowed the Ministry of Science and Technology to announce the decision about Eid.
It was reported that the Council of Islamic Ideology would convene and important meeting after the Eid to review the lunar calendar and would seek suggestions from religious scholars of different schools of thought.
The CII will review the lunar calendar and will decide whether the evidence about sighting the moon with naked eye is only acceptable or sighting the crescent with equipment is also acceptable under the Islamic law.
Lunar calendar prepared for five years forwarded to CII: Fawad
Earlier, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that his ministry prepared a lunar calendar for the next five years having details from Year 2019 to 2024.
According to the lunar calendar, in Year 2020, 1st Ramazan will likely to fall on April 25, Eid ul Fitr on May 24 and Eid ul Azha on July 31.
In Year 2021, 1st Ramazan will likely to fall on April 14, Eid ul Fitr on May 14 and Eid ul Azha on July 21 while in Year 2022, 1st Ramazan will likely to fall on April 03, Eid ul Fitr on May 03 and Eid ul Azha on July 10.
In Year 2023, 1st Ramazan will likely to fall on March 23, Eid ul Fitr on April 22 and Eid ul Azha on June 29.
In Year 2024, 1st Ramazan will likely to fall on March 12, Eid ul Fitr on April 10 and Eid ul Azha on June 17.