Today after 28th of Ramzan, the most asked and thought about thing is going to be about when moon will be sighted (in Pakistan and rest of the Peshawar) and consequently when Eid-ul-Fitr is going to be about in KPK and in other provinces of Pakistan.
While I am all submitted to follow the lead of Moulana hazraats for matters that are religious in nature, but I think crescent moon sighting is quite a scientific task and it must be dealt in proper scientific manner (exactly like we allow science to determine our Namaz or Azaan timings).
Yes I indeed mean that Moulana Hazraats should be accompanied by couple of scientists for assistance in crescent moon sighting.
While I understand that moon must be sighted by naked eye in order to announce Eid or Ramzan or any other Islamic month, there are ways possible through which you can determine if moon can be sighted or even if it will be possible for human eye to see the crescent on a particular date or not.
For instance, if you look at crescent moon sighting possibilities for Pakistan, the science says that Shawaal moon will not be visible to human eye on June 24th, 2017.
Below graph will show you possibilities of moon sighting in different parts of world on Saturday (June 24th, 2017):
Just in case if you are wondering, this graph is developed while keeping the position of earth, moon, sun and time in mind.
It shouldn’t be hard for you to understand that such estimations are possible and its not a rocket science to determine if moon will be sighted on a particular location on earth at a particular time or not.
So apparently, other than some parts of Peru, Shawaal moon won’t be visible to anyone in entire world on June 24th, 2017.
This essentially means that the committee that is planning to convene in Peshawar later today can cancel their meeting and assemble again tomorrow, since there’s no chance for crescent moon sighting today.
And Here’s the crescent moon sighting estimations for June 25th, 2017:
According to above estimation, Shawaal moon will be visible to almost everyone on Sunday June 25th, 2017.
This also means that Eid-ul-Fitr for everyone in the world (those including in Saudi Arabia and in Pakistan and in Peshawar) will be on Monday, June 26th, 2017.
Crescent Moon sighting estimates via