The Ramzan moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening, hence the first of the holy month would be observed in the country on Monday, May 6.
Ramzan will begin on May 6 in the UAE too. As per the government policy, UAE follows Saudi Arabia’s official announcement.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet on Sunday evening for moon sighting of Ramzanul Mubarak.
The moon sighting body will meet after Maghrib prayers at Met Office Complex in Karachi. Mufti Muneebur Rehman, chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, will preside over the meeting.
Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committees will meet in Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar, while the district bodies will meet at their respective headquarters.
The weather department earlier stated that the moon of Ramzan will not likely to be sighted on the evening of May 5 (Sunday).
The new moon of Ramzan, 1440 AH will be born on crossing conjunction point at 03:45 Pakistan Standard Time (PST) on May 05, Pakistan Meteorological Department said.
The moon will be sighted on the evening of Monday, May 06 and the holy month of Ramzan is expected to begin on May 7, the weather office said.
According to the astronomical parameters, there is no chance of sighting of the new moon on the evening of May 05, i.e. 29 Shaaban, the met office said.
“The new moon will be 15 hours and 18 minutes old by the time sun sets on Sunday May 05 in Pakistan, and it will be only seven degrees above the horizon,” an expert said. “It means, there will be no chance of sighting the Ramzan moon in Pakistan on May 05.”
The sun will set on 7:04 pm on Monday and the crescent could be sighted till 7:33 pm, met office said.
The weather is expected fair or partly cloudy in most parts of the country, according to the climate record.