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Ending moon-sighting controversies, will Pakistan follow 5-year lunar calendar for declaring Eid?

Ending moon-sighting controversies, will Pakistan follow 5-year lunar calendar for declaring Eid?

According to the lunar calendar prepared by Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Eid would fall on June 5 in Pakistan. This is reported by Khaleej Times.

It must be recalled that amid much controversy Pakistan launched a lunar calendar and the country’s first moon-sighting website on Sunday, May 26. Pakistan’s first official moon-sighting website and the lunar calendar was launched on Sunday, May 26 by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain.

According to Khaleej Times, he announced on the occasion that as per lunar calendar, Eid Al Fitr would be celebrated on June 5, 2019, and Eid Al Adha on August 12 this year.

The lunar calendar had been prepared with the help of experts and included important dates from 2019 till 2024, he said while addressing a press conference here at Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).

Besides declaring this year’s Eid on June 5, the five-year lunar calendar also declared that the next four Eids would be on May 24, 2020, May 3, 2021, April 22, 2022, and April 10, 2023.

Saying that the online portal, comprising both website and mobile application, could help people check the position of the moon, Fawad claimed that the calendar would end the moon-sighting controversies once and for all.

He added that the calendar would not diminish the role of religious scholars and said that the latest technology should be used for important issues like moon-sighting.

Fawad told that the application was prepared with feedback from experts of the meteorological department and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco).

Moon’s existence over eight strategic locations would be mapped through this application.

But it remains to be seen will the Pakistani government rely on Ruet Hilal committee or the lunar calendar prepared by Fawad Chaudhry for declaration of Eid.

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