Srinagar: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan on Tuesday said that the Zil-Hajj moon was not sighted and Eid-ul-Azha will fall on September 2. The month of Zil-Hajj will now start on August 24.
The committee chaired by Committee Chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman met at the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in the metropolis. Zonal committees have also met in Lahore and Islamabad. In Lahore, the moon sighting meeting was chaired by Punjab Auqaf Director General Tahir Bukhari.
The PMD had also predicted slim chances of sighting of the new moon on Tuesday. Eid-ul-Azha, therefore, is predicted to be observed on September 2.
The Zil-Hajj crescent was not sighted on Monday evening in Saudi Arabia, which means Eid-ul-Azha will be on September 1 (Friday) this year, Arab media reported.
Based on the sighting of the moon, the month of Zil-Hajj in Saudi Arabia will begin on Wednesday, August 23. August 31 will be the Day of Arafah, and September 1 will be the first day of Eid-ul-Azha in Saudi Arabia.