Pakistani people have always found themselves confused by various claimants of moon-sighting. In the past years, the most prominent clash used to be between Mufti Popalzai and Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman. This clash has led Pakistanis to celebrate Eid on different days within the same country. However, the most recent clash, that has widely confused the public in the recent days is between Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman and ever confident Minsiter of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry. According to Fawad Chaudhry, Eid is tomorrow whereas Mufti Muneeb says Eid is the day after tomorrow on 25 May 2020.
— Ministry of Science & Technology (@MinistryofST) May 23, 2020
Fawad Chaudhry seems to be an avid believer of science and technology. He thinks that the use of technology has made moon-sighting much easier and Islamic scholars are not required. However, some scientists from leading universities of Islamabad have shared their knowledge and expertise in this regard.
According to Dr. Fahim Hashmi, Eid cannot be celebrated tomorrow because it is simply not visible in this geographical region.
In Islam, the celebration of Eid is dependent on the sight of moon, not the age. Islamic scholars have quoted this Hadith from our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) in this regard. “Do not start fasting until you see the Ramadan moon. Do not quit fasting until you see the Shawwal moon. If the sky is cloudy on 29th Ramadan, go for 30 fasts.” This reassures the fact that the birth of the moon is not an evidence for Eid determination. Rather, its sight is more important.
Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman’s Stance
Mufti Mueneb ur Rehman has expressed his resentment couple of times for Fawad Chaudhry for his hurtful remarks. However, he stays a firm believer that decisions will be made without any political intention and will be in accordance to merit.
By this time at 8:31 pm while writing this article, there has not been a single moon sighting declared either on government level nor the domestic public level. It is quite clear Eid will be held on 25 May, 2020.