'Pakistan's First Official Moon Sighting Website Launches
On Sunday, Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry launched Pakistan's "First Official" Moonsighting Website and a calendar with key Islamic dates and months based upon scientific evidence for the next five years.
The website pakmoonsighting.pk was launched for the religious festivals by Chaudhry's ministry for "halting the moon sighting controversy"
Named Moon Sighting Pakistan, the website has sections such as a Hijri (Islamic) monthly calendar for the next 5 years, a lunar daily calendar against Gregorian dates, and the dates of every lunar month's first day.
The scientific dates for all the major Islamic festivals/days for the years to come are also available. Readers can also view the New Crescent Moon data from year to year, monthly moon view maps and the monthly moon coordination of major cities on the site.
Chaudhry announced earlier this month that exact date of important Islamic occasions — Ramazan, Eidul Fitr, Eidul Azha, Muharram, and a lunar calendar would be determined by 15 Ramazan. The scientific committee is responsible for all this task.
He said that the Scientific Committee was also preparing a mobile app, after which people could also view the moon on their smartphones.
In order to establish the moonsighting for key Islamic dates and months scientifically, the Minister had formed a committee of five experts from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Meteorological Department and the Pakistan Space and Higher Atmosphere (Suparco) on May 3.
Recently, the National Assembly was informed about that Rs 3.06 million had been spent on moon sighting for the Holy Islamic Months of Muharram, Ramazan, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha.