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Muharram 2018: Moon not sighted today, Islamic New Year starts in Pakistan Wednesday

Monday September 10, 2018 8:59 PM, News Network

Muharram 2018 Moon Sighting

Karachi (Pakistan): Muharram-ul-Haram moon not sighted in Pakistan today i.e. Monday September 10and hence the New Hijri year 1440 H (Islamic New Year 1440) will start on Wednesday September 12, according to Daily Pakistan.

Accordingly the day of Ashura will fall on Friday September 21, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan announced on Monday.

A meeting of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee took place on Monday for the sighting of Muharram-ul Haram moon which marks the advent of the new Hijri year 1440.

Chairman Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman presided over the meeting of the moon sighting body at Pakistan Meteorological Department’s office in the metropolis.

Meanwhile, Moon Sighting Committees in Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Patna and Mumbai is underway, and a formal announcement by Rooyate Hilal Committees in India is expected shortly. Officials in Bangaldesh are also set to announce start of Muharram 2018 shortly.

Earlier, UAE had announced Islamic New Year holiday on Thursday September 13, 2018. This followed the announcement by the Saudi Royal Court that Tuesday, September 11, will be the first day of Muharram, 1440H.

It said in its statement that the crescent of the month of Muharram 1440H was not sighted on Sunday evening, 29/12/1439 H.

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia decided that Monday, 30/12/1439H shall be the completion of the month of Dhul Hijjah. Thus, Tuesday 1/1/1440H is the first day of Muharram according to the Umm Al Qura calendar.

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