The Ruet-i-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) has announced that Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 will be celebrated on Saturday, 22 April throughout Pakistan.
The Secretary-General of the council, Khalid Ijaz Mufti, has disclosed that the committee will gather to sight the Shawwal moon on Thursday, 20 April. However, the chances of sighting the moon that evening are slim.
If the Shawwal moon is seen on Thursday, then Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, 21 April. Nonetheless, as stated by Mufti, Eid is more likely to be celebrated on 22 April after observing the 30-day fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
As per the council, the moon will be born on Thursday, 20 April, at 9:13 a.m. Pakistan time. The Mufti has also pointed out that any reports of crescent moon sightings on 20 April would be erroneous.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a significant occasion in the Islamic calendar, commemorating the completion of Ramadan, the month during which Muslims observe fasts from dawn to sunset. Typically, the occasion is marked with prayers, family gatherings, and feasts.
The exact day of Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 will be determined by sighting the lunar crescent, which signifies the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 Date Confirmation Process
The Eid date is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon, which marks the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal. The Ruet-i-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) in Pakistan is responsible for the announcement of the Eid date in the country.
The RHRC uses a combination of scientific calculations and traditional methods to determine the date of Eid. The council gathers a committee to sight the Shawwal moon after sunset on the 29th day of the holy month of Ramadan. If the crescent moon is sighted, then the following day is declared as Eid-ul-Fitr.
However, if the moon is not sighted, then Ramadan completes 30 days, and the following day is announced as Eid-ul-Fitr.
The sighting of the moon is dependent on various factors, including the age of the moon, its position, and the weather conditions.
Therefore, the sighting of the moon is not guaranteed, and there are instances where different countries or regions may observe Eid on different days based on the sighting of the crescent moon.
In addition to the RHRC, other Islamic organizations and countries may follow their own criteria and methods for determining the Eid date.
Nonetheless, the sighting of the crescent moon remains a significant aspect of determining the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal and the date of Eid-ul-Fitr.
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