The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on Thursday that the Shawwal moon had not been sighted, indicating that Eid-ul-Fitr would fall on Saturday, April 22. Moulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabeer Azad, Chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, made the announcement. The announcement means that Saturday will be observed as the first day of the holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, while Friday will be celebrated as Jumma-tul-Wida.
Following the announcement, the Ministry of Religious Affairs issued a notification stating that Shawwal 1, 1444 AH would commence from Saturday. The federal government had already declared a five-day holiday for Eid-ul-Fitr, which will be observed from Friday (April 21) to Tuesday (April 25).
Earlier this month, the Ruet-i-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) had predicted that Eid-ul-Fitr was most likely to be celebrated on April 22. The council had explained that even though the committees would meet on the evening of April 20, the odds of being able to see the moon were slim.
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Eid-ul-Fitr is a major Muslim festival celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. During this festival, Muslims across the world gather to offer prayers and celebrate with their family and friends. The festival marks the end of a month-long fast during which Muslims abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk. It is a time of great joy and celebration for Muslims around the world.