New Delhi: The new moon of Rabi ul Awwal is not sighted today i.e. Thursday November 08, 2018. Hence, the first day of Rabi ul Awwal 1440 H in India will be Saturday November 10, 2018, Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind announced today.
"The moon committees across India were asked to sight the new moon today i.e. Thursday 29th of Safar 1440 H corresponding to November 08, 2018. The new moon is however not sighted in any part of India", Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind New Delhi said.
"It is hence announced that Friday November 09, 2018 will be 30th day of Safar 1440 H and the month of Rabi ul Awal 1440 H will start on Saturday November 10, 2018", Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind said.
The Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind further said that the weather condition in Delhi was cloudy and not suitable for moon sighting.
"We contacted the moon committees in Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Nanded, Pokhran, Gulbarga and other cities in India. There was a clear sky in Bhopal, Nanded and Pokhran. But, the new moon was not sighted", the central moon sighting committee said.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in neighbouring Pakistan also said that the moon for the month of Rabiul Awwal could not be sighted on Thursday evening.
"The first Rabiul Awwal will be on November 10, Saturday", Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairperson Mufti Muneebur Rehman said after chairing a meeting of the moon sighting committee Thursday.
Rabi ul Awwal is the 3rd month of the Islamic Calendar. Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) was born in this month. But, there is a dispute on which date. Some say he was born on 9th of Rabi ul Awwal, others say on the 12th of the month.
Historians are however certain that Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) had died on 12th of Rabi ul Awwal. This is why majority of Muslims wonder why a section is adamant on celebrating Eid Milad un Nabi - birth annivarsary of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), on this date.
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