Ramazan moon sighted, fasting month begins from tomorrow

Ramazan moon sighted, fasting month begins from tomorrow

The first day of Ramazan will be observed across Pakistan on Thursday.

The Holy Ramadan, the lunar month of self-purification through fasting and abstinence, will begin in the country on Friday as the new moon was not sighted anywhere in Bangladesh sky on Wednesday.

Appeals to sight moon have also been issued by Hilal Committees in Lukcnow, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Patna, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and other cities in India.

The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision in a meeting at its Islamic Foundation office this evening after reviewing reports on moon sighting for the holy month of Ramadan, an official release said today. It stated that according to astronomical parameters, there is a fair chance of sighting the new moon of Ramazan, 1439 AH on 29th of Shaban, 1439 AH.

Ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and advisor to Chief Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said, "We were in contact with the federal government and Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for the last several years and finally the Central committee has entertained the moon sighting testimonies from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa".

In a statement, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain congratulated Muslims on the advent of Ramadan ul Mubarak. They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds during the holy month. It is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival. For Muslims who live in regions where Islam is not the dominant religion, challenging fasts are believed to come with greater blessings. Faithful will be offering long prayers during this month and will be donating huge amounts to seek Jannah in Aakhirah. Fasting during the entire month is one of the five tenets of Islam.