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Eid on June 5, according to Pakistan’s first Islamic calendar

May 26, 2019

Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry made good on his promise to create Pakistan’s first Islamic calendar on Sunday. He presented the calendar and an online moon sighting portal on Sunday. 

Through the online portal (which comprises both a website and mobile application), people will be able to see where the moon is over their territory. By launching this calendar, we are eliminating the uncertainty that always prevailed in Pakistan around Eid, he announced.

The five-year calendar has already set the dates for Eidul Fitr. According to it, this year’s Eid will be on June 5. The next five Eids are May 24, 2020, May 14, 2021, May 3, 2022, April 22, 2023 and April 10, 2024.

He said that the creation of this calendar will not reduce the role of religious clerics. He also said that knowledge is important and there is nothing wrong with using that knowledge.

Related: Pakistan and Ramazan: one country, two moons

He told religious clerics to use the technology available to them for important issues like moon sighting. If you’re so bent on using the naked eye to sight the moon, then glasses then become haram (forbidden) too, he said. If using 50-year-old telescopes is halal and 100-year-old glasses is okay but using new technology is haram, then it doesn’t make sense, he said. Don’t worry, it won’t end your role, he consoled religious clerics.

Chaudhry said that application was prepared with input from experts of the Meteorological Department and SUPARCO. The application will be available from Monday on the Google Play Store, he announced.

Using the application, you’ll be able to see the moon on the app and where it is, he explained. The moon’s location over eight strategic locations will be mapped on the application, said Chaudhry. They have based their moon-sighting on three main principles — 6.8% altitude, luminosity of 0.8% and 38 minute difference between sunset and the moon’s visibility.

The proposal has been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology and will be presented before the federal cabinet on Tuesday. He also announced that August will be declared a science and technology month across Pakistan.

Related: Fawad Chaudhry says Pakistan will get a 10-year calendar

Chaudhry stirred up controversy with his plans for the calendar as it was seen as a challenge to the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. Before the official announcement of Ramaza, Chaudhry took to Twitter to announce that his ministry would make an Islamic calendar with Eid, Ramazan and Muharram dates pre-decided. In response, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, the head of Pakistan’s moon sighting committee, told Chaudhry to mind his own business.

Chaudhry had said on Twitter that the country’s future cannot be left to maulvis (religious clerics).

An earlier version of this story got the dates for Eid in 2021 incorrect. The error has been corrected. Follow SAMAA English on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 
 
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25 Comments

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    Naveed   May 26, 2019 5:49 pm/ Reply

    Well done Chaudhry.

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    Nasir   May 26, 2019 10:14 pm/ Reply

    100% correct leaves these molvee alone
    Use modern technology.

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      arslan   May 29, 2019 11:08 am/ Reply

      be reminded, ye modern logo ko akhlas bi sahee ni aati, nikah awr jnazah min bi phir modern he ho ga, i am with technology person but think before speaking.

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    Murshid Ali   May 26, 2019 10:17 pm/ Reply

    Good work !

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    Aatif   May 26, 2019 10:50 pm/ Reply

    Eid calendar.. May 24, 2020 and then May 3rd 2021.. Twentyone days difference?

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    Bilal   May 26, 2019 11:42 pm/ Reply

    When a politician is going to teach us Islam, in my opinion, it is the beginning of the end. How should one react when e dentist would do open heart surgery? Or if a riksha driver would take seat as a pilot? That would be ridiculous right? How can Fawad Ch make such blunt statements and expect people to take him serious…

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      Anonymous   June 3, 2019 2:14 pm/ Reply

      Fawad Chawdhry is not teaching you islam buddy (which he very well can because there is no law neither in islam nor in Pakistani constitution that limits a politician from 1) being religious 2) offering religious duties such as teaching and preaching islam, infact he is in much better position being a politician to actually undertake such role as he will have greater influence and reach) to be honest he is teaching you to use common sense and be a little intelligent in life if you wish to move forward in life. You don’t have to take him serious, you don’t even have to listen to him (if you can do better yourself).

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    shamshad Akhtar   May 27, 2019 12:57 am/ Reply

    thanks use modern technology Weldon

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    arahman.razeen@gmail.com   May 27, 2019 4:04 am/ Reply

    Development in technology has nothing to do with ritual practices to eradicate its basic rulings.If Mr. Chaudry want’s to practise based on the development of technology then he has the right to implement in his personal life rather intervening in sharia basics and creating fithnah in the ummah. If he does so that will be regarded as fithnah and he will be sole responsibility for all the sins.

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    ZeeBash   May 27, 2019 5:06 am/ Reply

    Excellent work, Fawad Chaudhry. Finally someone has the courage to stand up to these Mulanas whose backward approach is dividing Muslim. They are happy to perform Namaz fives times a day looking at the clocks run on GMT, but using advance knowledge to see the accurate presence of new moon somehow becomes very haram. Insha Allah all Pakistan can celebrate Eid together this year.

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    Dr. Abdul Mateen   May 27, 2019 9:21 am/ Reply

    Please check these dates again,” this year’s Eid will be on June 5. The next four Eids are May 24, 2020, May 3, 2021, April 22, 2022 and April 10, 2023.”
    5 June 2019 and then 24 May 2020- Difference is 12 days
    24 May 2020 and then 3 May 2021-Difference is 21 days- (Mistake starts from here)
    3 May 2021 and then 22 April 2022-Difference is 11 days
    22 April 2022 and then 10 April 2023-Difference is 12 days

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      no one   May 27, 2019 11:31 am/ Reply

      May 24, 2020
      May 14, 2021
      May 3, 2022
      April 22, 2023
      April 10, 2024

      bara-e-meherbani ankhen khol k parhen warna glasses use kren

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    tanveer   May 27, 2019 2:04 pm/ Reply

    it would be 13th may 2021..

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    Haider   May 29, 2019 9:40 am/ Reply

    Nice efforts Fawad Chaudhry

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    Haider   May 29, 2019 9:43 am/ Reply

    Fawad Chaudhry nice efforts ever.

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    rasheed ahmed   May 30, 2019 6:46 am/ Reply

    very nice

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    Kashif Salman   May 30, 2019 3:41 pm/ Reply

    Regardless of the trolling of Chaudhry, this is something that he should be praised for.

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    Arif Astori   May 31, 2019 11:35 pm/ Reply

    very well

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    Momin shah   June 1, 2019 3:34 am/ Reply

    chaudry sahab you are right lekin agar peshawar me eid 4 june ko ho gai tu us ki zimiar bhi ap hein ap k pass hakoomat he , ek muhaly k molvi ( popalzai ) ko ap ikhtellafat peda karny sy rok nai sakty ye hakoomat hy ?

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    Abdullah   June 2, 2019 10:18 am/ Reply

    Kash musalmanon ko 100 sal pehly ye keh dia hota, k Deni uloom k sat sat Sciency uloom b zarory hain. Aur us waqt dunyavi uloom k khilat propaganda na kartay. Tu ab pata nahein musalman kesay hotay.

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    Anonymous   June 2, 2019 1:28 pm/ Reply

    Well done Chaudhry.
    Frist PTI tabdeli.

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    Anonymous   June 3, 2019 5:50 am/ Reply

    None of us has given any importance to the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and that is very sad. Pre-calculate but please follow the Sunnah of moon sighting for Ramadan’s start and end.It will keep us away from Fitnah.

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    sufi   June 3, 2019 2:16 pm/ Reply

    Fawad Chawdhry is not teaching you islam buddy (which he very well can because there is no law neither in islam nor in Pakistani constitution that limits a politician from 1) being religious 2) offering religious duties such as teaching and preaching islam, infact he is in much better position being a politician to actually undertake such role as he will have greater influence and reach) to be honest he is teaching you to use common sense and be a little intelligent in life if you wish to move forward in life. You don’t have to take him serious, you don’t even have to listen to him (if you can do better yourself).

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    Asif Hassan Raza   June 4, 2019 1:16 am/ Reply

    Its good, we must start to follow this calendar. We are following Solar Calendar for Sehri & Aftari, why we can not follow this calendar for EID ..

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    A.Majid Suleman   June 11, 2019 9:03 pm/ Reply

    We follow Mufti Muniburrehman saheb as religious leader and for moon sighting. We do not accept Fawwad Chsudhry.

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