Ruet-e-Hilal Committee's Mufti Muneebur Rehman made the announcement
Ramazan will begin on May 7 (Tuesday) in Pakistan. The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has confirmed that the Ramazan crescent was not sighted on Sunday.
The committee’s chairperson Mufti Muneebur Rehman made the announcement after reviewing evidence collected from across the country.
During the month of Ramazan, Muslims don’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This is called fasting. Fasting is important during Ramazan as it allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith and come closer to God. It is one of the five pillars of Islam.
All four zonal and other district moon sighting committees held their simultaneous meetings in the provincial capitals and other major cities in the country. They sent their findings to the central body.
The Met department had predicted that the moon won’t be sighted on Sunday and therefore Ramazan will fall on Tuesday (May 7). The department said the duration for viewing the moon is merely two to six minutes after sunset.
Officials of the department say the moon is likely to be sighted on Monday.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs said on Saturday that all information about the positioning of the moon could be conveyed to the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairperson on 0300-9285203 and 0321-2022000, Mushahid Hussain Khalid, director (R&R) at 0300-6831822, Hafiz Abdul Qudoos, deputy director, at 0333-2697051 and the Karachi Meteorological Department at 021-99261412 and 021-99261413.
Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, will begin fasting on Monday (May 6).