KARACHI: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet on Sunday (today) evening for the moon sighting of Ramazan ul Mubarak.
The moon sighting body will meet today evening after Maghrib prayers at Met Office Complex in Karachi. Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, will preside over the meeting.
Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committees would meet in Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar, while the district bodies will meet at their respective headquarters.
The committee will announce whether the moon of 1st Ramazan ul Mubarak sighted or not.
Ramazan ul Mubarak, the month of fasting, is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
The weather department earlier stated that the moon of Ramazan will not likely to be sighted on the evening of May 05 (today).
The new moon of Ramazan, 1440 AH will be born on crossing conjunction point at 03:45 Pakistan Standard Time (PST) on May 05, Pakistan Meteorological Department said.
The moon will be sighted on the evening of Monday, May 06 and the holy month of Ramazan is expected to begin on May 7, the weather office said.
Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East, however, will be able to see the moon on May 05 and hold the first fast of the holy month on May 06.
South Asian neighbors Bangladesh, India and other countries in Asia and Africa will also sight the Ramazan moon on May 06 like Pakistan.