Fawad Chaudhry says Eid moon to be seen tonight

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Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry. Photo: File 

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday mentioned the Shawwal moon could possibly be sighted at present with the nation celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday.

“The Shawwal moon was born on May 22 at 10:30pm and will be visible between 7.36pm and 8.15pm tonight in Badin, Thatta and Pasni,” Chaudhry mentioned whereas addressing a press convention.

He added that, in accordance with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Eid-ul-Fitr needs to be celebrated within the nation tomorrow.

However, fellow cupboard member and Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri rapidly stepped in to forestall a dispute between the outspoken science minister and the spiritual physique tasked with sighting the moon.

Qadri mentioned the ultimate resolution on when to have a good time Eid nonetheless lies with the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

“The nation will celebrate Eid according to the decision of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee,” Qadri mentioned.

“Our beliefs and religious laws call for a visual sighting of the moon,” the minister mentioned. “There is no bar on technology being used for that process,” he mentioned.

“A nominee of the Ministry of Science and Technology has already been included in the committee. A decision will be taken by the ulema only,” he mentioned.

Qadri mentioned Fawad Chaudhry was a great pal, however appeared to be interfering needlessly within the matter.

‘Time for nation to have a good time collectively’

“Ever since the creation of Pakistan, there have been conflicts when it comes to religious events. When the Reut-e-Hilal Committee was established in 1974, these issues were resolved,” Chaudhry mentioned at his press convention.

However, he added, the committee had at all times been in the midst of controversy.

“There are always different announcements by the Reut-e-Hilal Committee and Qasim Khan Mosque [in Peshawar, headed by Mufti Popalzai],” he mentioned.

The federal minister rejected the notion that there was no relation between the sighting of the moon in accordance with Islamic practices and using know-how in doing so.

“Nowhere in the world is moon sighting an issue. With advances in technology it has become easier to sight the moon,” Chaudhry mentioned.

Taking a jibe on the Reut-e-Hilal Committee, the federal minister mentioned, “We are told sighting the moon with spectacles is halal, while sighting it through a telescope is haram. Aren’t spectacles also a form of technology?”

He added that as a substitute of being divided, the nation ought to come collectively for spiritual occasions.

Earlier this week, Chaudhry had said that Eid-ul-Fitr might be celebrated on May 24 (Sunday) in lots of international locations, together with Pakistan.

Speaking throughout a TV programme, Chaudhry mentioned that in accordance with the calendar ready by the science ministry, this yr Eid might be celebrated throughout the nation on May 24.

The minister had mentioned the attention-grabbing factor is that the pageant might be celebrated on the identical day in almost all elements of the world together with Pakistan, together with Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan, like all Muslim international locations, is gearing as much as mark Eid-ul-Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken greater than 1,000 lives within the nation.

The nation began observing Eid holidays from May 22 and can proceed to take action until May 27, a notification from the inside ministry mentioned.