Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has sought apology from the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for what he claimed false announcement of moon-sighting for the Islamic month of Safar.“Pictures have been released, in which the moon can be easily seen on Gwadar and Pasni,” he said.
Talking to the media, Chaudhry said that the formulated Lunar calendar (Islamic Calendar) was also not followed on the occasion of eid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) either while an apology was later made by the religious body.
The federal minister questioned why and how eyesight glasses were used by those who considered moonsighting with the help of telescope as un-Islamic while adding that “education was imperative for moving forward in the right direction”.
The calendar predicted the beginning of the month of Safar from September 30 but the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee said the new moon was not sighted on September 29 and announced beginning of the Hijri month from October 1.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri, on the other hand, has already shown his ministry’s tilt towards Ulema (Ruet-e-Hilal Committee) in the wake of the controversy.
“The ministry stands with Ulema over the issue of moon-sighting,” said Qadri while presiding over a meeting on the use of advance technology for moon-sighting last week.