Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary on Thursday said that the Ramadan moon would be sighted country-wide on 24 April.
“The moon of Ramadan will be sighted in Pakistan on the evening of April 24, 2020, and the holy month is expected to begin from April 25, 2020,” said the minister in a message posted on his Twitter handle.
Fawad Chaudhary said that a briefing would given to the parliamentary committee on religious affairs on March 5 on the matter.
“The Eid and other Islamic festivals should become a reason of joy and happiness rather than of divisions,” he said.
انشااللہ رمضان المبارک کا چاند 24 اپریل کو پورے ملک میں دیکھا جا سکے گا اور25 اپریل کوپہلاروزہ ہو گا،روئت ھلال کمیٹی نے ذیعقداور رجب دونوں کی غلط تاریخ دیں 5 مارچ کو پارلیمان کی مذہبی امور کی کمیٹیوں کو بریفنگ دیں گے کہ عید اور اسلامی تہوار تقسیم نہیں اتحاد کا باعث بننے چاہئیں۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 27, 2020
Last year in May, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary launched a website based on a moon-sighting calendar.
The technology could easily locate the position of the moon without any hassle, the science minister said.
Talking on the features of the moon-sighting website, Fawad Chaudhary said it provides all relevant information.
The people in Pakistan and all Muslims across the world could get help from this website, he added.
The Ministry of Science and Technology had announced to prepare Lunar Calendar for five years with details from the Year 2019 to 2024.
Federal Minister of Science Fawad Chaudhary announced earlier said that the lunar calendar prepared by a committee of experts forwarded to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII).
The calendar sent to the federal cabinet after the endorsement of the CII, he said.
The CII will review the lunar calendar and will decide whether the evidence about sighting the moon with the naked eye is only acceptable or sighting the crescent with equipment is also acceptable under the Islamic law.