The start of the new Islamic Calendar, Hijri year of 1440, will commence from Wednesday, September 12 , as the moon was not sighted in the country yesterday. Due to this, Youm-e-Ashura will now fall on September 21, as announced by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Monday.
The committee was chaired by Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman at Pakistan Meteorological Department, Karachi for sighting the moon. It was also attended by the officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. Simultaneously, the zonal committee meetings were held in Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar, and no witnesses for the sighting of the moon was recorded.
However, based on astronomical parameters, Pakistan Meteorological Department said that there was a one in a million chance for the moon to be sighted.
It was also decided among the religious scholars of various schools of thought to follow the seven-point code of conduct which was issued by the ministry of religious affairs and inter-faith harmony to ensure peace and also maintain sectarian harmony during the sacred month of Muharram ul Haraam.
The agreement was made in a meeting presided over by the minister for religious affairs Noorul Haq Qadri about the seven-point code of conduct. The meeting was attended by representatives of different schools of thought. The meeting concluded with another agreement made by all schools of thought present that great efforts would be made to create and maintain an environment of tolerance, and respect for elders of all the sects.
Muharram ul Haram marks the first month of the Islamic calendar which remind the Muslims all around the world of the great sacrifice of Imam Hussain , beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, and his family. He was martyred brutally at the battle of Karbala.