LAHORE: Astronomers have predicted that this year’s Eidul Fitr will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd, claiming that the Shawwal moon will not be visible anywhere in the country on the evening of Ramazan 29. (Sunday, May 1).
They also stated that the new moon will be born between April 30 and May 1 around 1:28 a.m.
Experts further stated that the dimensional difference between the moon and the sun should be at least 10 degrees, but in Pakistan, it would be only 8 degrees, making it nearly hard to observe even with a telescope.
On the other hand, in all parts of the country, the time difference between sunset and moonset, which should be 40 minutes, will be more than 89 minutes.
As a result, if the sky is clear on Monday evening, the moon will be visible in all parts of the country clearly and for a long time.
Meanwhile, the metrological department has yet to forward its moon-sighting report to the religious affairs ministry, as is customary.
Unconfirmed sightings will be authorized on the evening of May 1 as well, according to sources, in order to coincide with Saudi Arabia’s Eid celebrations.
They also said that the federal minister for religious affairs served on Mufti Popalzai’s committee and is known for making the seeing of the moon a contentious issue.