Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Ramazan 2018: Sehr and Iftar timings in Pakistan

Ramazan 2018: Sehr and Iftar timings in Pakistan

After years, Pakistan joins other world countries to observe beginning of the fasting month on the same day.

The announcement was made by Chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munibur Rehman after chairing a meeting at the Pakistan Meteorological Department Complex, Karachi on Wednesday evening.

Appeals to sight moon have also been issued by Hilal Committees in Lukcnow, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Patna, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and other cities in India.

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Ramazan will begin on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, England as well as in other countries.

Besides, Provincial and District Ruet-e-Hilal Committees would also meet in their respective areas to collect the evidence about sighting of the moon.

In Bangladesh Ramazan will begin on Friday in the country as the new moon was not sighted this evening.

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Earlier the Australian National Imams Council declared that the holy month of Ramazan will begin on Thursday.

Ramadan is the holy month of Islam and Muslims eagerly wait for the Ramadan moon sighting. Tradition holds that it was during Ramazan that the holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Quran. Scores of Islamic faithful usually commemorate the month-long period with dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. It is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity - known as "zakat" - and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah.

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