Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated on June 5 across Pakistan, as per the first Islamic Calendar.
Fawad Chaudhry—the federal minister for science and technology launched the country’s first Islamic Calendar on Sunday. He presented both the calendar and the online moon sighting portal at the launching ceremony.
The online portal which consists both of the website the mobile application could be used by people for viewing the moon location within their territory.
The minister announced that by the launch of this calendar, the uncertainty regarding Eid would be eliminated.
The 5-year calendar has already defined the dates for Eid-ul-Fitr. As per it, the Eid this year would be celebrated on June 5. The next 4 Eids as per the calendar would be on the 24th May 2020, 3rd May 2021, 22nd April 2022 and 10th April 2023.
The minister also said that the introduction of this calendar would in no way reduce the role of the religious figures. He added that knowledge is good and that there is no harm in making use of it.
Fawad Chaudhry told the religious clerics to make use of the technology that is available with them for making a decision on important issues like moon sighting.
He added that the application was made with the inputs from the experts of the Met Department and SUPARCO and said that it would be available from Monday on Google Play Store.
The application could reveal the location of the moon. The location would be mapped over 8 strategic locations. The moon sighting has been laid on three basics principles 0.8percent luminosity, 6.8percent altitude and the 38-minute difference between sunset and the visibility of the moon.
He informed that August would be declared as the month of science and technology throughout Pakistan.
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