Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) says that Ramazan moon will most likely be visible on 16th May. This means that if PMD’s calculations are correct, then May 17 will mark the first day of the holy month.
The department says that the new moon will be born at 4:49 pm on 15th May. Majority of Arab countries and Saudi Arab are expected to witness the moon sighting on May 15. In Pakistan, it will be visible on 16th May for around 61 minutes after the sunset.
The first day of the holy month depends on the sighting of the moon. This is the reason why the beginning of the month is different for different regions across the world.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (CRHC)
In Pakistan, CRHC is tasked with sighting the moon to mark the beginning of months on the Islamic calendar. The CRHC team will meet on May 16 at PMD office in Karachi to observe the moon.
The team collects testimonies from across the country as well as the scientific data before announcing its decision. The meetings of CRHC are conducted country-wide at provincial and zonal offices.
The month of Ramazan has a great significance in Islam. Muslims from all parts of the world observe fasting for 30 days where they don’t eat or drink anything from dawn to dusk.