The Ruet-i-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) has announced that the committee’s meeting to sight the Shawwal moon, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr, is scheduled for Thursday, 20 April. However, the odds of actually sighting the moon on Thursday are said to be slim, adding an element of suspense to the upcoming festivities.
The council’s Secretary-General, Khalid Ijaz Mufti, hinted at the possibility of Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated on Saturday, 22 April, after completing the full 30 days of fasting during Ramadan. Mufti emphasized that any reports of a crescent moon sighting on 20 April would be incorrect, indicating that the actual sighting might be challenging. The moon is expected to be born on Thursday, 20 April at 9:13 a.m. Pakistan time, according to the council.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a highly anticipated festival for Muslims, as it marks the end of a month of fasting, prayer, and self-reflection. The occasion is traditionally celebrated with special prayers, family gatherings, and feasts, where people come together to share joy and exchange gifts.
However, the exact date of Eid remains uncertain until the actual sighting of the Shawwal moon, adding an air of mystery and suspense to the upcoming celebrations.
As Muslims in Pakistan eagerly await the sighting of the moon, the question on everyone’s mind is whether Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, 21 April if the moon is sighted on Thursday, or if it will be postponed to Saturday, 22 April as Mufti suggested.
With the outcome dependent on the sighting of the elusive crescent moon, the suspense continues to build, keeping the excitement and anticipation high among the Muslim community in Pakistan.
All eyes will be on the sky on Thursday evening as the search for the moon begins, and the final verdict on the date of Eid-ul-Fitr remains shrouded in suspense until then. The RHRC’s announcement has left Muslims across Pakistan eagerly waiting for the outcome, as they eagerly anticipate the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr while the moon adds a sense of mystery and suspense to the celebrations.
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