According to Pakistan’s official moon-sighting application “The Ruet” the Eid ul Fitr 2020 will be on Sunday 24 May.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan will likely meet on May 23, to see the Eid ul Fitr 2020 crescent.
According to reports the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting will be chaired by Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman at the Pakistan Meteorological Department Karachi and other zonal committees meetings will take place at the provincial headquarters.
Just like every year Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Peshawar’s Qasim Ali Khan mosque has already announced their local committee for Eid ul Fitr 2020 moon sighting and decided to make independent decisions which may contradict official Government announcement.
Will Hilal Committee Agree on The Ruet Date of Eid ul Fitr 2020 Date?
The conflict between Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and Ministry of Science and Technology has stirred a debate in a country since last year when the Ministry launched a website based on the lunar calendar.
Clash rose between Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry and Ruet e Hilal Committee chairperson Mufti Muneeb after later accused former of misleading the nation over Safar Month incorrect moon sightseeing in 2019.
Controversy reignited when Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry announced the Android mobile application named The Ruet. This app gives the information about the location and different phases of moon.
According to the statement by Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, there was a difference of opinion between Islamic scholars on moon sighting. Imam Hanbal supported physical sightseeing whereas Imam Shafi recommends scientific methods.
He had further added that in the era of science and technology they had to utilize scientific methods to end the controversy.
The need for making an app arose after National Assembly informed about the spending of Rs3.06 million on moon sighting of only three months Muharram, Ramazan, and Shawal.
In order to solve the clash between two bodies, Government has decided to add a member from Science and Information technology to the Ruet e Hilal Committee for Eid ul Fitr 2020 moon sighting.
This year, according to the statement Islamabad will hold a meeting in the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. Dr. Tariq Masood, the joint secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology has been appointed to the committee as a technical expert.
Celebrating Eid ul Fitr 2020 in Quarantine
Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid ul Fitr 2020 at home due to lockdown because of coronavirus pandemic. The community is already celebrating Ramadan at home. Although mosques are open but with SOPs as issued by the government. Coronavirus has brought normal life to a standstill, including religious practice. Eid ul Fitr is one of Islam’s two major religious events and one of its important rituals is congregation prayer. While the government may not ban the Eid ul Fitr 2020 prayer, the people will have to be cautious this year.
Eid is normally a festival that involves gathering of family members large meals and visits to the houses of relatives and friends. Many countries are likely to cancel the communal Eid prayer because of necessary social distancing measures. The clerics may have to allow people to offer Eid prayers at home due to pandemic.