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Fawad Chaudhry renews call for dissolution of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee

SAMAA | - Posted: May 21, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: May 21, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Fawad Chaudhry renews call for dissolution of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee

Fawad Chaudhry has once again called for the dissolution of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee

He says Eidul Fitr will be on Sunday (May 24) but the Committee wants it to be on Monday.

The federal science and technology minister said he will hold a press conference on Friday to highlight all the necessary information.

He said he will also explain why Eid falls on May 24 and why the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee wants it on May 25.

In this new age of science and technology, there is no need for the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, said Chaudhry.

This isn’t the first time Chaudhry has locked horns with Pakistan’s moon-sighting committee. Last year, he announced that his ministry would make an Islamic calendar with Eid, Ramazan and Muharram dates pre-decided before the official announcement. In response, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, the head of the Committee, told Chaudhry to mind his own business.

Sighting the moon ahead of major Islamic events (like Eid, Ramazan or Muharram) is an event in Pakistan. People wait on tenterhooks for the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to decide whether the moon has been sighted or not. It gathers information from its sub-committees in provincial capitals and the main committee decides whether or not the moon has indeed been sighted. Teams from SUPARCO and the Pakistan Meteorological Department also sit with the committee to sight the moon.

Chaudhry had said on Twitter that the country’s future cannot be left to maulvis (religious clerics). He announced that a five-member committee comprising officials from SUPARCO and his ministry would make a new 10-year calendar to put an end to the “controversies” that arise every year around major Islamic events. “When we have the technology, why not use it?” he asked.

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  1. Mahmood Akhtar  May 21, 2020 3:32 pm/ Reply

    There are numerous other problems of science & scientists. Eid sighting is not Ministeer’s assignment. You cannot harm faith but will certainly damage your government.

  2. Zubair khan  May 21, 2020 5:25 pm/ Reply

    I think Fawad is doing right job, by dissolving these so called committees will bring unity upon eid and other events.

    FAWAD should be appreciated.

    • Mohsin Gill  May 23, 2020 2:41 am/ Reply

      Fawad is right. Good work
      Keep going

  3. Saad Chaudhry  May 22, 2020 10:13 am/ Reply

    I support Chaudhry in this regard. It should be predetermined by science and technology.

  4. Khalid  May 22, 2020 11:56 am/ Reply

    When man landed on moon thease mallah,s said against it now they believed in it they want to becomes chourhiries of Islam

  5. Ismail  May 22, 2020 9:35 pm/ Reply

    Well done sir. We won’t be the first to follow the islamic calendar system. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, all are Al Tayab muslims, and they all follow the islamic calendar system. Why don’t we follow their lead as well ??

  6. Dr.N.Qadir  May 22, 2020 10:15 pm/ Reply

    I completely agree with Fawad. These mawlwis come up with all sorts of idiotic arguments to divide Muslims. They should be controlled and taught Islam of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) of peace, unity and tolerance.

  7. Muhammad Ali Muaviah  May 23, 2020 9:24 am/ Reply

    Calendar seems right, use technology in good manners.
    Be positive Think positive.
    Right now this is the the time to go with technology.

  8. Amir  May 23, 2020 10:48 am/ Reply

    Sighting of moon should be left to scientists not mullahs.
    Same way as the time for sunset and sunrise.

  9. Shahid Malik  May 23, 2020 1:11 pm/ Reply

    Endorse Fawad Chaudhry. In fact, I would suggest scientific calculation based on Kaaba being the focal point and the whole muslim world should follow that calendar. It can be symbol of muslim unity.
    The mullahs should be eliminated from all segments of life who even want to be paid cash for their leading prayers. These thugs have caused immense harm to muslim ummah.

  10. Jamshaid Bukhat  May 23, 2020 8:30 pm/ Reply

    Fawad Chaudhry is doing excellent Job. There is no need for So called Hillal Committee. This committee has done nothing but looted money of Pakistan. These Mullah gathered twice a year and spend Lakho Rupees in name of moon sighting. Pathetic… This Committee must eliminated urgently. It is the time of Science & technology and Fawad is right. I live in UK where majority Muslims follow Saudia Arabia moon sighting whereas nearest Muslim Country is Morocco. It does not make any sense. Mosques funded by Saudia celebrates Eid with Saudies and Mosques funded by Pakistani community celebrate Eid and do Ramadan with Pakistan,.. They give a damn to UK actual moon sighting. Mullah are thugs and have caused immense harm to Muslim Ummah.

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