Ashrafi & Fawad urged ulema to use scientific methods for moon-sighting

Islamabad: Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), Allama Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi urged ulema to use scientific methods for moon sighting. In a joint press conference along with  Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Sahibzada Hamid Raza, the Chairman Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) he invited the mufti muneeb ur rehman, chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and  Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzi, Imam of  Masjid Qasim Khan to sit together and create consensus on the issue of Moon-Sighting during Ramadan and Eid Ul-Azha.

Ashrafi urged the Ministry of Religious Affairs and all schools of thought to settle the issue of celebrating religious holidays on varying dates.

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the Ramazan moon would be sighted nationwide on April 24, adding: “The month of Ramazan will start from April 25.”

“this is nothing personal but a national issue. We appreciate ulema who have approved the scientific method. We urge members rejecting modern methods of moon-sighting to give us a chance to explain how the scientific approach works,” Fawad Chaudhry said at a press conference.

Mr Chaudhry also gave examples of nine Islamic countries, including Turkey, Brunei and Malaysia, which use scientific methods to spot the moon. “The United Arab Emirates is shifting to science-based methods as well and Saudi Arabia has been using science-based announcements for religious holidays,” he said, adding more than 60 observatories will sight the moon over Pakistan.

it is reminded that the ministry of science and technology launched Pakistan’s first ever moon-sighting website. This was followed by the launch of an application called Ruet that would share real-time data regarding the moon.

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