Ruet-e-Hilal Committee scheduled to meet on Thursday

The central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 23 for Ramazan moon sighting.

According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of the Religious Affairs, the meeting is scheduled for Thursday at the Met Office in Karachi and will be presided by Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, while Islamabad’s zonal committee will meet at the Kohsar complex.

Fawad Chaudhry – Federal Minister for Science and Technology, had previously said that the Ramazan moon will be sighted on April 24, and April 25th will mark the first fast of the month of Ramazan.

It is pertinent to keep in mind that this year the holy month of Ramazan will be observed in accordance with the 20 point guidelines jointly formulated, agreed and issued by federal government and Ulema.

Earlier, various prominent religious leaders and scholars from every school of thought had met President Arif Alvi to discuss the issue of congregational prayers during the month of Ramazan amid COVID-19 threat.

Despite the coronavirus outbreak in the country, government and Ulema have agreed to allow congregational prayers and Taraweeh in the country during Ramazan – a decision not so welcomed by healthcare experts who have continuously stressed upon the significance of adhering to social-distancing measures.

President Alvi and the Ulema agreed on a 20 point plan which includes guidelines such as; no carpets are to be laid down in mosques because the virus is airborne, people over 50 years of age, children should not be allowed in mosques, there should be a six-foot distance during congregational prayers, everyone coming to mosques must be wearing face masks etc.