Eid controversy surfaces again

Once again there are going to be tow Eids in the country. While the official moon sighting committee headed by Mufti Muneebur Rehman has announced that EId will ne on Saturday, the unofficial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s committee lead by Mufti Shahabuddin Populzai has declared Eid will ne held throughout the province on Frida…y. What a pity. Why and how an ordinary person like the latter is allowed to challenge the state bodies. Why is he allowed to become as the self-proclaimed Ameerul Mumineen at first and is afforded an opportunity to decide these things which fall under the domain of the state?

Just read the following news stories;

Shawwal moon not sighted; Eid on Saturday

Updated at: 2106 PST,  Thursday, September 09, 2010
Shawwal moon not sighted; Eid on Saturday KARACHI: The central moon sighting committee on Thursday announced that Shawwal moon was not sighted in any part of the country and Eidul Fitr would be celebrated on Saturday, 11th September, 2010.

Addressing a press conference, Chairman, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman said no authentic evidence of moon sighting had been received from any part of the country.

Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee met for sighting of crescent (Moon) of Shawal/Eid-ul-Fitr-1431-Hijri on Thursday at Pakistan Meteorological Department, Karachi.

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Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to celebrate Eid on Friday

Updated at: 2225 PST,  Thursday, September 09, 2010
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to celebrate Eid on Friday PESHAWAR: Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai Friday night announced that Shawwal moon was sighted in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the province on Friday.

Talking to media here at Masjid Qasim Khan, he said 19 authentic evidences, including two by women, were received from Mardan, Charsadda, Shabqadar and other areas, confirming the sighting of Shawwal moon.

A meeting of zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee which was held here with prayer leader Mufti Shahabudding Popalzai in the chair, continued till 10 pm on Thursday.

Senior Minister Bashir Bilour was also present at the meeting.

Mufti Shahabuddin said the difference between the central and zonal Ruet-e-Hilal committees is the same as exists between possibility and certainty.

Bashir Bilour on the occasion said the decision to celebrate Eid on Friday was made on the basis of ‘Sharai’ evidences.

He said Eid will be celebrated in the province on Friday in simplicity. However, he added, that although he will perform prayer tomorrow, he will not meet with anyone (to exchange Eid greetings).

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About Tahir Ali Khan
I am an academic, freelance columnist, writer and a social worker.

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