Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Khabir Azad has broadcasted the decision in Quetta, a city in Baluchistan Pakistan.
Muḥarram is at the beginning of the Islamic calendar. The revered month is one of the four sanctified months of the year. It is apprehended to be the second most divine month, after Ramadan. The Tenth day of Muharram is known as the Day of Ashura.
The Muharram ul Haram crescent has been sighted and Youm-e-Ashur will be witnessed on Thursday, August 19, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on Monday. The first of Muharram is the first day of the Hijri year 1443 according to the Islamic calendar and will be observed on Tuesday, August 10.
The proclamation was made following a meeting presided over by Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad in Quetta.
The provincial and district moon sighting committees also held their meetings simultaneously today at their respective headquarters.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Monday sighted the moon, which rings in the new Islamic year, 1443 AH.
Muslims in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and, other Arab states are also banding in Islamic New Year 1443 and will also begin the Islamic New Year 1443 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Saudi Supreme Court said,
“Tuesday, August 10, 2021, is the first day of the Islamic New Year 1443 AH, and not Monday, August 10, 2021, as previously decided. The crescent of the month of Muharram 1443 AH was not sighted on Sunday evening 29/12/1442 AH. Hence the month of Dhul Hijjah 1442 completed 30 Days on Monday, 9 August 2021, and Tuesday, 10 August 2021 is the beginning of Muharram 1443 i.e. 1st Muharram 1443.”
Contrariwise, Muslims in Morocco, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and other South Asian countries will resolve on Monday, August 09, 2021, the start of the Islamic New Year 1443 AH.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.A.W) Peace be upon him fasted on the day of Ashura, 10th Muharram, in Makkah, and also after migration to Madinah. The fast of Ashura was completed as optional.
In case the new moon is not sighted today, August 09 will be counted as the 30th day of Dhul Hijjah and the month of Muharram, and the Islamic New Year 1443H will start on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Youm e Ashura is perceived on the 10th of this month.
The Holy Haramain (Masjid Al Haram and Masjid An Nabawi), said.
“The moon was not sighted on Sunday. Hence the new Islamic Year would begin on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, as it had previously said. However, in its latest moon announcement, The Holy Mosque said the New Islamic Year 1443 AH has started from Monday, August 09, 2021.”
The Islamic Calendar was established 1442 years ago by the second Caliph Omar ibn Khattab.
Representatives from the Central and Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committees, Pakistan Meteorological Department officials, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Harmony were present at the meeting.
It is the month of mourning for the seventh-century martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is taking place in Quetta to decide about the beginning of the sacred month 1443 Hijri.
Due to the ongoing pandemic Covid-19, Muharram will also be witnessed under the Covid-19 pandemic and establishments have cautioned the populaces to severely stick to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that comprise mask-wearing and social distancing to evade the augmentation in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
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