The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has on Tuesday announced that the crescent for the month of Ramadan has been sighted in Pakistan.
Pakistan will observe the first day of Ramadan on Wednesday, April 14 after Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad made the announcement after the session in Peshawar.
He announced that Ramazan 1, 1442 Hijri, will fall on April 14, 2021.
However, the Muslims will observe the first Taraweeh prayers tonight.
The regional and zonal Ruet-e-Hilal committees also held meetings in different parts of the country to support the Central Committee to reach a conclusion.
Yesterday, the crescent for the month of Ramadan had been sighted in Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Court has announced on Monday.
In a statement issued by the Saudi Supreme Court, Tuesday (April 13) marks the first day of Ramadan.
What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is observed by the entire Muslim community from around the world.
The Muslims engage in good deeds and ask for forgiveness and refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.
This annual practice is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. It is said that Ramadan is the commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation.
Importance Of Ramadan:
The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained” (Bukhari)
In another Hadith, the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,
“Whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, and then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari).
Significance Of Ramadan In The Quran:
Allah Almighty has talked about the significance of Ramadan in the Holy Quran in the following verse:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness” (Quran, 2:183)
Every Muslim wakes up early to eat a pre-dawn meal “Suhoor” before keeping the fast and they break it with Maghrib prayers “Iftaar”.
The Holy Quran was revealed on the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) in the month of Ramadan that is why it is important for every Muslim to read the entire Quran in the holy month.
“Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind, also Clear (Signs) for guidance and the differentiation (between right and wrong)” (Quran, 2:185)