Ramazan moon sighted in Pakistan, faithful to start fasts from Thursday

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Pakistan Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman announced on Wednesday.

Testimonies of the moon-sighting were received from various parts of the country, including Lower Dir, Buner, Nathia Gali, Abbottabad, and Quetta among other areas. Faithful will be offering long prayers during this month and will be donating huge amounts to seek Jannah in Aakhirah.

"The age of the new moon on the evening of Wednesday will be more than 26 hours in all cities of Pakistan", said the RHRC secretary-general.

The crescent for the holy month of Ramazan is sighted and the month of fasting will commence from Thursday, May 17 in Pakistan, ARY News reported.

Apart from Saudi Arabia, Muslims will start observing Ramazan in Malaysia, Australia, England, Japan, UAE, Gulf nations, U.S. and other countries across the globe on Thursday.

The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan during which Muslims all around the world will be keeping fasts from crack of dawn to dusk.

Tradition holds that it was during Ramazan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

The others are the profession of faith ("there is no God but Allah and Mohammed (PBUH) is his messenger"), the obligation to pray five times a day, charity, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.