According to the newly formulated five tear lunar calendar, and Pakistan’s first moon sighting website, Eid ul Fitr 2019 will fall on 5th June. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry while launching the website in Lahore also said that he thought Pakistan could now do away with the traditional moon sighting methods employed by Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and put an end to all controversies related to the moon on all important Islamic festivals.
“We have launched pakmoonsighting.pk website and Eidul Fitr will fall on June 5 this year … we have formulated the lunar calendar for five years which will be presented before the federal cabinet on Tuesday for final approval,” said Fawad Chaudhry.
MoonSighting Pakistan launched….. https://t.co/1HSEzw7cMf
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 26, 2019
After informing the National Assembly that an amount of Rs3.06 million was spent sighting moon for religious festivals around the year, Fawad Chaudhry, formed a five-member committee comprising officials from the ministry, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and Pakistan Meteorological Department to formulate the Hijri calendar.
The minister also invited renowned clerics Mufti Muneebur Rehman and Shahabuddin Popalzai to see “how the moon cycle works”.
“We are inviting Maulana Muneebur Rehman and Shahabuddin Popalzai to come and witness how the moon cycle works,” wrote Fawad. “And see for themselves how easy science has made it to predict the lunar calendar. There is no need for an arduous task,” Fawad Chaudhry had stated earlier in his tweet.
مولانا منیب الرحمن اور شہاب الدین پوپلزئ کو دعوت بھجوا رہے ہیں کہ وہ تشریف لائیں اور خود دیکھیں کہ چاند کیسے گردش کرتا ہے اور سائنسی طور پر کیوں یہ انتہائ آسان ہے کہ چاند کے اصل مقام کا تعین ہو سکتا ہے اور اس کیلئے بہت پاپڑ بیلنے کی ضرورت نہیں ۔۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 20, 2019