Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Fawad Chaudhry, Minister

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has become a source of controversy: minister

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that according to his ministry, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow (May 24) as the new moon has been born.

Addressing a press conference, Fawad Chaudhry said that religious festivals should be the cause of unity but meetings of Ruet-e-Hilal committee have always been a source of controversy. He said that all around the world, moon sighting is no longer a problem because of advancements in science.

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The federal minister said that moon takes a little more than 29 days to complete its cycle around the earth and it is illuminated through sunlight. There should be difference of 38 minutes between setting of sun and rising of the moon and its height should be 6.5 degrees. The minimum angle to view the moon should be nine degrees.

He also said that Shawaal moon was born at 10:39pm on night of May 22.

Earlier, Fawad Chaudhry demanded abolition of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and said that at there is no need for such a committee in this modern era.

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