Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Zil Hajj Moon Likely to be Sighted Today in Pakistan

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet in Karachi today to observe the Zilhajj moon. The committee, led by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, will gather at the office of the Meteorological Department to make this important observation.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecasted that Eidul Azha, one of the major Islamic festivals, will probably be celebrated on June 17. This prediction is based on the data provided by the Climate Data Processing Centre, which indicates that the Zil Hajj moon is expected to be visible on June 7. According to their calculations, the moon will rise at 5:38 PM on June 6, and sunset will occur at 7:20 PM, making moon sighting feasible.

Eidul Azha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son in obedience to God’s command. This festival is marked by the ritual sacrifice of animals such as goats, sheep, or cows. The meat from these sacrifices is then distributed among family, friends, and the less fortunate, emphasizing the values of charity and community.

The sighting of the Zilhajj moon is a significant event for Muslims as it determines the beginning of the month of Zilhajj, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This month holds great religious significance as it includes the observance of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who are physically and financially able.

The meeting in Karachi today is eagerly anticipated, as it will set the date for Eidul Azha, allowing Muslims across Pakistan to prepare for the celebrations and the associated religious practices. The efforts of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and the Meteorological Department ensure that the moon sighting is conducted with accuracy and reliability, aligning with Islamic traditions and principles.

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