The moon for the holy month of Zil-Hajj was not sighted in the country on the night of July 21 and the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry believes that it was because the naked eye couldn’t see past the clouds that had covered the moon.
According to the statement issued by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, the Zil-Hajj moon was not sighted on July 21 and Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on August 1 in the country. The Chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman announced this development.
This is contrary to the prediction made by the federal minister about Eid-ul-Adha being celebrated on July 31 and the moon for the month of Zil-Hajj being sighted on July 21.
While talking to the media, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology said a lot of things depend on the interpretation of the people who are tasked with the responsibility of sighting the moon.
If one person believes in seeing the moon from the naked eye and the other person from the same team in using a telescope or any other technology then there will be a difference, the minister said.
Fawad Hussain Chaudhry believes that the crescent moon was there on the night of July 21 but the clouds had covered it. He further said that the people could just use “The Ruet” mobile application launched by the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology to track the location of the moon.
“The moon that will be seen with the naked eye on 22nd July will be a day old,” the federal minister added.