Today, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to sit in Karachi for the purpose of sighting the Zilhaj moon. This important meeting will be attended by representatives from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), the Department of Meteorology, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.  Chaired by Abdul Khabeer Azad, a respected scholar, the committee will discuss and assess the moon sighting reports. Simultaneously, zonal committees in cities like Islamabad, Lahore, and Peshawar will also hold meetings on the same day.

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Following the traditional protocol, the Ministry of Religious Affairs will issue an official notification after the committee’s decision is made. It is worth noting that the Committee meets on the 29th day of each lunar month and announces the sighting of the moon accordingly.

Zil Hajj, also known as Dhu al-Hijjah, holds significant importance in the Islamic calendar. It is the twelfth and final month, marking the start of the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The sighting of the Zilhaj moon plays an important role in determining the beginning of this sacred month. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, along with zonal committees, gather to observe the moon and confirm its sighting.

This sighting holds great significance as it determines the start of various religious observances and rituals, including the days of Hajj, the Day of Arafah, Eid al-Adha, and the offering of sacrificial animals. The moon sighting process ensures uniformity and unity within the Muslim community, allowing individuals to observe and celebrate these important religious events together.

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