Clerics and science ministry to work together to end Pakistani ‘moon sighting’ controversy

The Pakistani science ministry and a newly-appointed chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, have agreed for the first time to work together and end the decades long ‘moon sighting’ controversy. Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, the new chief of the moon sighting committee, said his committee would collaborate with the ministries of religion and science to gather scientific evidence to take a final decision.

“We have to act as one nation in celebrating our important religious and social events around the year, and we will be trying to unite people through our decisions,” Azad said.

However, he added: “Let me clarify one thing: our final decision will always be based on evidence from witnesses as per Shariah.”

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, the minister for science and technology, has also said the government was setting up at least five observatories with latest telescopes, cameras for image and data acquisition and other necessary equipment to get accurate terrestrial and celestial data.

The facilities would be set up in Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Pasni, a city in the southwestern Balochistan province that is believed to be one of thee first places from where the new moon becomes visible.

Source: Arab News PK