PESHAWAR: The meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for sighting the crescent of Ramazanul Mubarik will be held in Karachi today (Sunday).

Mufti Munibur Rehman will chair the meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in Karachi, while the zonal committees will hold meetings in their respective areas to collect evidences of moon-sighting.

The Pakistan Metrological Department has said there are low chances of moon-sighting today and the first Ramazan in Pakistan may start on Tuesday, 7 May, 2019. According to the Met Office there are no chances of moon sighting in any part of the country today. It said after the sunset the life of the moon will be only two to six minutes in Pakistan. It said the life of crescent will be five minutes in Karachi, while it will be two minutes in Quetta. Experts of Met Office said although the new crescent will born on the evening of 29 Shaaban, but its age will not be enough to be visible in today, while it will be clearly visible on Monday. The new moon of Ramzan, 1440 AH will be born on crossing conjunction point at 03:45 Pakistan Standard Time (PST). The sun will set on 7:04pm tomorrow and the crescent could be sighted till 7:33 pm, the Met Office said.

The climate record shows that the weather in most parts of the country will be clear or partly cloudy during the moon sighting.

First Ramazan in Saudi Arabia tomorrow

Meanwhile, the first Ramazan in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be observed tomorrow (Monday).

Moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Saturday after which it was announced that Ramazan will begin on Monday. Many countries, including the Gulf countries, United States and Australia, follow the announcement of Saudi Arabia regarding Islamic calendar and observe festivals accordingly.

Many people in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and merged tribal districts also follow the announcement of Saudi Arabia and observe Ramazan and Eid accordingly.

The Muslim world follows the lunar calendar and the traditional moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramazan a day or two apart. This year, Ramazan will be during long summer days for the Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.