People are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan as Shaban comes to an end.
People are curious as to when Pakistan’s first Roza (fast) will fall because the Islamic calendar is lunar-based.
A meeting for Ramadan moonsighting has been scheduled for March 22, according to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmon.
Following Asr prayer on March 22 (corresponding to Shaban 29), the Provincial Auqaf in Peshawar will host the central meeting for the sighting of Ramadan’s moon, which will be presided over by Chairman Maulana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad, according to a statement from the ministry.
Meetings of other zonal committees will also take place there, including at the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Islamabad’s Kohsar Block, it was noted.
If the moon is visible on March 22, it will indicate that the first Roza will fall on March 23. If not, it will indicate that the holy month of Ramadan will begin on March 24.
However, according to the ministry, Abdul Khabir Azad, Chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, will make the final determination regarding the crescent sighting.