Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Moulana Abdul Khabir Azad announced that the moon for the month of Shawwal has been sighted on Wednesday, and Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across Pakistan on Thursday.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee had convened the meeting to sight the moon for Eidul Fitr in Islamabad, whereas zonal bodies of the committee also met in Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore.
The announcement was made by Moulana Abdul Khabir Azad after chairing a meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.
On the other hand Shawwal crescent moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia yesterday (Tuesday). Therefore Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13 in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court had called Muslims in UAE, Qatar, and other Arab states to sight the crescent moon on Tuesday evening, to mark the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2021.
Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr marks the first day of Shawwal month. Every year, Eid-ul-Fitr occurs approximately 10-11 days earlier depending on the occurrence of the crescent moon because lunar months are shorter than the solar months, hence it varies from country to country by about a day.
The crescent moon is first sighted in Saudi Arabia after the rest of the world assumes when to celebrate the festival.
Pakistan usually celebrates Eid on the second day of the crescent moon sighting in Saudi Arabia but this year both countries are celebrating Eid on the same day (tomorrow).