DISPUTES around surveillance of The crescent of Eid has become an annual spectacle in Pakistan, in contrast with the rest of Muslim world where is the exercise of checking the presence of the moon more simple. Almost every year there are disagreements between official Ruet-i-Hilal committee and unofficial body headquartered in Qasim Ali Khan Mosque in Peshawar. This year was no different. While official committee decided on Sunday when the nation will celebrate Idul Fitr on Tuesday, Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Peshawar said the festival will be respected on Monday. fact is that the Peshawar cleric’s statement was contrary to mainstream scientific opinion, and official consensus that Shawwal’s crescent in Pakistan was not in view on Sunday evening. Even more worrisome that the PTI-led KP government decided to ignore announcement of general opinion of The Ryue Central Committee, which is formed on the basis of consultation with zonal committees, and celebrate Eid al-Adha on Monday, thus resuming the annual crisis associated with a religious event. in the country.
Ruet decision reflected the Meteorological Department’s calculations that the Moon would not in view on Sunday. PTI itself when in power at the center defended such scientific evidence and former science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry was earned anger of clergy for his rise of Moon-watching efforts take root in science. Now PTI administration in The KP itself rejected the scientific evidence and also abandoned the consensus. It is unfortunate that in pakistani politicsignore for consensus and science together with clerical intransigence has turned the exercise of watching the moon into a farce, with Eid celebration in the country on different days. Rational scientists, as well as the state, should encourage use of scientific evidence support religious duty of moon watching, while the political forces should not use this exercise to settle scores with them opponents. Instead they should to accept official majority opinion.
Published in Dawn, May 3, 2022