The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has announced its forecast regarding the sighting of the moon for the Islamic month of Muharram 1445 Hijri. This month’s lunar sighting is important because it determines whether or not a lunar eclipse will occur.
It is anticipated that the moon of Muharram will be seen for the first time on Tuesday, July 18 (the 29th of Zilhaj), according to the Climate Data Processing Centre of the PMD.
According to reports the tenth day of Muharram, known as Ashura, is expected to occur on Friday, July 28.
The birth of the moon is expected to take place on July 17 around 11:32 p.m. local time, according to an official announcement released by the PMD. However, based on what specialists in meteorology have observed in the past, there is a good chance that a substantial area of the country will be shrouded in cloud cover around this period, making it difficult to see the moon.
On July 18, the sun will likely set at 7:24 p.m., while the appearance of the moon after dark could take place as early as 8:00 p.m. on the same day. However, the experts warn that the moon might not be seen in many cities across the country due to the possibility that clouds will obscure the view.
Muharram moon will be sighted on multiple locations
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has planned a meeting to take place in Quetta in order to make the moon sighting process go more smoothly. To determine the official sighting of the moon, the committee will be presided over by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, who will also serve as the leader of the talks and deliberations that will take place.
The first glimpse of the moon in the month of Muharram, which marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month, is of the utmost significance to the Muslim world. Muslims spend this month with great devotion in order to mourn the death of Imam Hussain (AS), who was the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and who was martyred during the Battle of Karbala.
The notification released by the PMD provides an early prediction for the sighting of the moon, but the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will make the final decision once the actual sighting has been reported. In order to verify the sighting of the new moon, the committee will depend on testimonies that have been verified as well as trustworthy witnesses from different regions of the country.
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