KARACHI - Eidul Azha will be celebrated on October 16 (Wednesday) in Pakistan as Zilhaj moon has been sighted in various parts of the country, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman announced at a press briefing on Sunday.
After receiving evidences from many cities, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman announced that the moon had been sighted clearly in several parts of the country, including Quetta, Badin and others, so Eid-ul-Azha would be celebrated on October 16.
The central committee comprising representatives of all the sects approved the evidences of the moon sighting after a meeting.
Earlier, Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman presided over the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting at Met Complex after Asr prayers to decide about the sighting or otherwise of the Zilhaj moon. The meeting was also attended by Sparco, Navy and the Metrological Department representatives. The Zilhaj moon was sighted in major cities of Pakistan and Eidul Azha will be celebrated across the country on October 16.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee met in Karachi while zonal committees also held their meetings in other cities.
Quetta was the first city where the moon was sighted. Eidul Azha falls on 10th day of Zilhaj and lasts three days.
The central committee makes the final decision on the basis of moon sighting testimonies from across the country and makes the final announcement of moon sighting.
Earlier, the Met Department said several parts of the country, including Sindh and Balochistan, were experiencing hot, dry and cloudy weather, but suitable for moon sighting.
The event is celebrated to remember great sacrifice of Prophet Abraham and his son for the Sake of Allah. During the three days of celebrations, Muslims across the globe sacrifice animals and distribute meat among the needy to share the happiness.