Moon Sighted, Eid-ul-Azha To Be Observed On June 29

Moon Sighted, Eid-ul-Azha To Be Observed On June 29
The moon for the Zilhaj was sighted on Monday, meaning the Eid-ul-Azha will be observed in the country on June 29.

The announcement was made by the central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman Abdul Khabir Azad today, after meetings at the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) offices in Karachi.

Addressing a presser, the ruet committee chief said the testimonies were received from several parts of the country, including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Khanpur, and Ghotki.

The committees in offices across the country held their separate meetings prior to the announcement of the sighting.

The members of the ruet committee were accompanied by the experts of the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) for the sighting.

What follows is an official communiqué by the ministry of religious affairs based on the confirmation by the committee.

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The committee summons its meeting on the 29th of the Islamic month to officially declare the sighting.

Earlier, the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) announced that the first of the Islamic month will fall on Tuesday, June 20 or Wednesday, June 21, indicating that Eid would fall on June 29 or 30.

Prior to the development, Saudi Arabia and Oman announced that Eid in the countries will be observed on June 28.

Eid-ul-Azha is observed on the conclusion of Hajj, in other words, the pilgrimage to Makkah, which is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is mandatory upon those who can afford to travel for the pilgrimage. With this direction in mind, over 2.5 million faithful travel to the holy land to perform the rituals every year.

The occasion commemorates Prophet Abraham's (PBUH) spirit to sacrifice anything in the way of Allah. It is also an incredible source of feeding the destitute segments of the society, becoming ever so important given the current skyrocketing inflation in Pakistan.