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17 May 2018, 06:38 | Dale Webster
After years Pakistan joins other world countries to observe beginning of the fasting month on the same day
After years, Pakistan joins other world countries to observe beginning of the fasting month on the same day.
The meetings of zonal and district Ruet-e-Hilal committees will also be held today at their respective headquarters for collecting pieces of evidence concerning sight of the crescent for the holy month of Ramazan.
Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and join mass prayers at mosques. In addition, Pakistan Meteorological Department revealed that the new moon born on 15 MAY at 4:49 PM.
According to media reports, Muslims in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan will also begin the holy month form Thursday.
Ramazan will begin on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, England as well as in other countries. This year however it is most likely that the Ramzan Chand will be sighted today evening.
Ramazan is a holy month for the world's almost 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
During the holy month, all government, semi-government, autonomous and semi-autonomous institutions will follow new office timing as announced by the government.
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan. For Muslims who live in regions where Islam is not the dominant religion, challenging fasts are believed to come with greater blessings. Scores of Islamic faithful usually commemorate the month-long period with dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
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