New Islamic year to start on July 20, Ashura on July 29 in Pakistan

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Because the Muharram-ul-Haram moon was not sighted in Pakistan, the first of Muharram will fall on July 20 and Ashura on July 29.

The chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, stated that no reports of moon sightings from anywhere in the nation had been received.

For the purpose of locating the crescent of Muharram-ul-Haram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal committee convened on Tuesday (today).

The start of the Islamic calendar year, 1445 Hijri, will be signaled by the appearance of Muharram’s crescent.

Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad will preside over a meeting of the central committee in Quetta, while the zonal committees will also hold their respective sessions in their regional offices.

However, the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) estimates that the likelihood of seeing the moon is quite low.

The metrological department reported that there was a remote possibility of seeing the new moon of Muharram, 1445 AH, on the evening of July 18, 2023, that is, on the 29th of Zilhaj, 1444 AH.

Tuesday’s weather was mostly gloomy throughout Pakistan, making chances of seeing the moon virtually nonexistent.

Additionally, the Muharram moon has not been seen in Saudi Arabia, according to media reports.