CII consults religious scholars over moonsighting ‘controversy’

CII consults religious scholars over moonsighting 'controversy'
CII consults religious scholars over moonsighting 'controversy'

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has contacted religious researchers for their feeling on whether it is satisfactory to pursue the Islamic schedule without physical locating of the moon, authorities of CII told DawnNewsTV on Tuesday.

Letters have been sent to Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia, Wafaqul Madaris al Sunnah, Wafaqul Madaris Al-Shia and Wafaqul Madaris Al-Salfia. Individuals from the CII will likewise be counseled on the issue.

The CII will assemble a conference after Eidul Fitr to give its decision on this issue has started a discussion between the Ruet-I-Hilal Committee and Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry. The service had requested a decision inside five days however the CII considered it outlandish, saying that most individuals had gone for Umrah and would not be accessible in Ramazan.

Eidul Fitr’s date will be declared by the Ruet-I-Hilal board this year.

The moonsighting ‘debate’ raised its head not long ago when Chaudhry shaped a council of five specialists from the service of science and innovation, Meteorological Department and the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) to decide locating of the moon for key Islamic dates and months deductively.

The clergyman stepped up to the plate after the National Assembly was educated that Rs3.06 million had been spent a year ago on the locating of the bow for Muharram, Ramazan, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha. He had before been reproachful of the council, saying that up to Rs4m was spent on the moon-locating systems consistently and that it was time science and innovation was used to end the discussion.

Chaudhry had scrutinized the shrewdness of spending huge entireties of cash on moon-locating each year, saying the Ruet-I-Hilal Committee ought to do this errand on an intentional premise.

A week ago, a letter from the service to the CII, a duplicate of which was acquired by DawnNewsTV, affirmed that the lunar timetable had been sent to the committee to survey.

“You are mentioned to accord your supposition in Islamic points of view,” read the letter, dated May 21. “In the event that some elucidation is required, a gathering of religious researchers and researchers might be assembled, ideally inside 5 days.”

The declaration and remarks of the pastor had drawn a brief response from Ruet-I-Hilal Committee executive Mufti Muneebur Rehman, who forewarned the previous against remarking on religious issues and said the board of trustees counseled specialists while locating the sickle.

In any case on Sunday, the science and innovation service propelled the “principal official” moonsighting site and a timetable appearing Islamic dates and months for the following five years dependent on logical proof. A versatile application is likewise being created by the logical advisory group.


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