Ministry of Science and Ruet-i-Hilal Committee clashed over the date of moon sighting for the month of Safar. The ministry claimed the month of Safar began on Monday, September 30th and updated the date on the website likewise. While Ruet-i-Hilal Committee said they found no evidence of new moon sighted on Monday, hence the new month will begin on Tuesday, October 1st.
چیئرمین مرکزی رویت ہلال کمیٹی کے اعلان کے مطابق آج ملک بھر میں کہیں بھی صفر المظفر 1441 ہجری کا چاند نظر نہیں آیا لہذا یکم صفر المظفر 1441 ہجری کا انعقاد یکم اکتوبر 2019 بروز منگل کو ہو گا۔ وزارت سے نوٹیفکیشن جاری (تصاویر زونل رویت ہلال کمیٹی، اسلام آباد)#moonSafar1441 pic.twitter.com/x36ooysq3m
— Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Pakistan (@CentralHilal) September 29, 2019
This is not the first time the Ministry of Science and Ruet-i-Hilal committee are at odds since the inception of the moon sighting website, following the takeover of the ministry by Fawad Chaudhry.
Chairman Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman had expressed disillusionment over the distasteful remarks of Fawad Chaudhry on the role of religious scholars in moon sighting earlier this year.
I have given my opinion, it’s not necessary that everyone has to agree with me, however, there is no wisdom in spending around Rs4 million.
Mufti Rehman had urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to control his ministers following Chaudhry’s remarks of verbal attack on Islamic clerics, accusing them of making lunar sighting for Islamic months a controversial affair every year as well as opposing the creation of Pakistan.
“Fawad Chaudhry’s statement against the opposition is his matter, but he should exercise restraint while commenting on religious scholars and not misquote history,” the committee chief had said.
— 🇵🇰 Latest Pakistan News (Being News) 🇵🇰 (@latestbreaking1) September 30, 2019
He urged the prime minister to control his ‘passionate’ ministers, who “lack knowledge about the system”. Adding that, “Our announcements regarding moon have never been wrong. Everyone bears witness when the moon is sighted. If you are fond of making a lunar calendar, then go ahead and make a calendar of 100 years instead of just 10.”
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had asserted that it is unwise to spend Rs4 million for a sighting of the crescent.
Fawad stated that he respects religious clerics; however, such issues are decided voluntarily.
“I have given my opinion, it’s not necessary that everyone has to agree with me, however, there is no wisdom in spending around Rs4 million.”