By Atiya Riffat
The central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will hold its meeting today (Wednesday) for the moon-sighting for the holy month of Ramazan, 1439 Hijri. The first fast of Ramazan is likely to be observed on Thursday.
In Karachi, the sun will set at 7:10 PM and the moon will be observed 61 minutes after. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the new moon will be born on crossing conjunction point at 4.49 PM on May 15.
A fair chance exists of sighting the new moon of Ramazan on May 16. The climate record forecasts the weather will be partly cloudy in most parts of the country.
The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has called on citizens to sight the crescent with the naked eye or through binoculars and to contact them on the following numbers and record their testimonies.
No moon sightings were reported, in multiple countries, to mark the start of Ramazan, effectively indicating that the Muslims’ holy month will commence on May 17, 2018.
Announcements from at least nine countries noted that the moon signalling the start of Ramazan was not sighted Tuesday night and, therefore, the first fast would be on May 17
In Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the crescent was sighted on Tuesday. The Arab media had said Ramazan will begin on Thursday, May 17 in the two countries.
The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Japan said it had not received any reports of moon sightings from Tokyo or any other Japanese city and, thus, Ramazan would start on May 17.
No moon sightings were reported in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore or Oman, according to the news on Arab television, which reiterated that the holy month would commence on Thursday.