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Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, took to Twitter to strongly criticise the Ulema and the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (RHC), saying that ulema cannot be given the authority to dictate the day-to-day affairs of the country and the government would instead introduce a lunar calendar for the next 10 years to make moon sighting for Islamic months non-controversial.
Fawad said that a five-member committee had been constituted to prepare a ten-year calendar for Muharram, Eid and Ramzan to end the dispute arising from the sighting of the crescent.
پانچ رکنی کمیٹی قائم کی ہے جس میں سپارکو،محکمہ موسمیات اور سائنس اور ٹیکنالوجی کے ماھرین شامل ہوں گے یہ کمیٹی اگلے دس سال کے چاند، عیدین ، محرم اور رمضان سمیت دیگر اہم کیلنڈر کی تاریخ کا کیلنڈر جاری کرےگی۔ اس سے ہر سال پیدا ہونیوالا تنازعہ ختم ہو گا۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 5, 2019
He also strongly criticised the clerics, saying, “The decision about how the country will be run cannot rest with the religious clergy. Pakistan would not have gained independence if Ulema were given any authority as they used to oppose the creation of Pakistan and labelled [Quaid-e-Azam] Muhammad Ali Jinnah as an apostate. The journey ahead will not be led by religious leaders but the youth. Only technology can take our country forward.”
یہ فیصلہ کہ ملک کیسے چلنا ہے مولانا پر نہیں چھوڑا جا سکتا، اس رو سے پاکستان کا قیام ہی عمل میں نہ آتا کیونکہ تمام بڑے علماء تو پاکستان کے قیام کے مخالف تھے اور جناح صاحب کو کافر آعظم کہتے تھے، آگے کا سفر مولویوں نے نہیں نوجوانوں نے کرنا ہے اور ٹیکنالوجی ہی قوم کو آگے لیجا سکتی ہے https://t.co/HEXcJVWfTW
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 5, 2019
Mufti Muneebur Rehman Feels Insecure
The RHC Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman on Sunday asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to restrain ministers from commenting over religious matters without knowledge.
Speaking to the media, Mufti Muneeb urged the prime minister to rein-in ministers “as they seem to lack knowledge about the system.” He also lashed out at Fawad for saying that clerics had opposed Pakistan’s creation, saying that “history is a witness to the immense sacrifices the clerics made during the freedom movement and it is not appropriate to cite the role of a few clerics in order to criticise others.”
He said that Fawad has a habit of making baseless claims in order to stay in the limelight. “One must talk with caution while commenting on the clerics,” he said, adding that Fawad must know that RHC consists of members of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). He further said that RHC’s announcements have never been proven to be wrong.
Social media users appreciated Mr. Chaudhry’s ‘rational’ idea.
You've my utmost respect. What a brilliant stance and initiative! Imagine no previous Minister ever thought of doing something as this simple! All rational and sensible Pakistani citizens must support and appreciate Ch. Sahib for this.
— Mohsin Hijazee (@MohsinHijazee) May 5, 2019
Another user said to bring it on. Since it is, she claimed, a real “tabili”.
— Rabee’a Abrar ربیعہ (@rubiaabrar) May 5, 2019
Meleeha Hashmey congratulated the Federal Minister for being the first one to take bold and encouraging step. “Congratulations @fawadchaudhry on being the FIRST Minister for S&T, who has formed a committee of experts, who’ll issue UNIFORM Calender for #Pakistan – ENDING Eid date confusion, bringing HARMONY among all provinces! Mufti sb’s moon-sighting “charm” will be missed though! ”
Congratulations @fawadchaudhry on being the FIRST Minister for S&T, who has formed a committee of experts, who'll issue UNIFORM Calender for #Pakistan – ENDING Eid date confusion, bringing HARMONY among all provinces! 👏
Mufti sb's moon-sighting "charm" will be missed though! 😂 pic.twitter.com/Aqbaa2mjAK
— Maleeha Hashmey (@MaleehaHashmey) May 5, 2019
Prominent columnist Irshad Bhati also supported the idea and also shared a video of famous Islamic scholar Javed Ahmed Ghamdi to prove his point.
معروف مذہبی سکالرجاوید غامدی کہہ رہےہیں کہ
“رمضان کامہینہ کب شروع ہوتاہے،کب ختم ہوتا ہے،اسےسائنسدانوں کےسپردکردیں،اس کامذہب سےکوئی تعلق نہیں،یہ مذہبی مسلۂ ہےہی نہیں”
علامہ غامدی کی گفتگو سن کرلگےکہ @fawadchaudhry کا “مسلۂ چاند” سائنسدانوں سےحل کروانےکاآئیڈیا ٹھیک ہے۔۔
ذرا سنیے۔۔ pic.twitter.com/71VMmzbiqp
— Irshad Bhatti (@IrshadBhatti336) May 5, 2019
Shahzad Iqbal of Geo News also appreciated the idea and shared a video of a religious cleric from KPK who has just announced that the moon has been sighted.
— Shahzad Iqbal (@ShahzadIqbalGEO) May 5, 2019
Fawad’s proposed scientific committee
Fawad Chaudhury is proposing that a scientific committee should be set up to replace the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee for the sighting of the moon. He has mentioned that it should have five members — three scientists and one member each from the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and Pakistan Meteorological Department. This committee would make the calendar for the next 10 years and remove the needless controversy over Eid dates every year. Recently, the National Assembly was informed that Rs3 million was spent on the sighting of the moon for Muharram, Ramazan, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha last year.
Furthermore, even currently the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee uses telescopes for the moon sighting if needed. It is believed that there shall be pressure on the Prime Minister to intervene because some religious segments are going to find the Federal Minister’s idea objectionable. However, people hope that the federal government shall support the minister and Pakistan will be able to end the long-standing controversy of moon sighting in the country.