Lahore : Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday launched Pakistan’s first official Moon-sighting website and lunar calendar.
He said that as per lunar calendar, Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated on
June 5, 2019, and Eid-ul-Azha on August 12 this year.
Addressing a press conference here at Pakistan Council of Scientific
and Industrial Research (PCSIR), he said that lunar calendar had been
prepared with the help of experts and included important dates from
2019 till 2024.
According to the five-year lunar calendar, this year’s Eid will be on
June 5. The next four Eids would be on May 24, 2020, May 3, 2021,
April 22, 2022 and April 10, 2023.
Ch Fawad said that the online portal, comprising both website and
mobile application, could help people check the position of moon,
adding that the calendar would end the moon-sighting controversies
once and for all.
He said that the calendar would not diminish the role of religious
scholars, adding that the latest technology should be used for
important issues like moon-sighting.
The application was prepared with feedback from experts of the
meteorological department and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research
Commission (Suparco), he said and added that the application would be
available from Monday on the Google play store.
Through this application, moon’s existence over eight strategic
locations would be mapped, he added.
The proposal has been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology and it
would also be presented before the federal cabinet on Tuesday. He also
announced that August would be declared as the Science and Technology