Fawad Chaudhry launches 'Pakistan's first official' moonsighting websiteArchive
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday launched what he said is Pakistan's "first official" moonsighting website and a calendar showing main Islamic dates and months for the next five years based on scientific evidence.
The website, pakmoonsighting.pk, has been launched by Chaudhry's ministry "to halt the moonsighting controversy" that rears its head in the country every year prior to religious festivals.
Named Moon Sighting Pakistan, the website features sections such as a monthly Hijri (Islamic) calendar for the next five years, a day-to-day lunar calendar against dates from the Gregorian calendar, and the dates on which the first day of every lunar month will fall.
Also available are the scientifically determined dates for all major Islamic festivals/days for the ongoing and next years.
Chaudhry had earlier this month announced that the lunar calendar being prepared by a scientific committee formed by the government and showing the exact dates of important Islamic occasions — Ramazan, Eidul Fitr, Eidul Azha, Muharram — will be finalised by the 15th of Ramazan.
He had said that a mobile phone app was also under preparation by the scientific committee after which people would also be able to sight moon on their smart phones.