ISLAMABAD: New Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir on Thursday expressed his willingness to make use of scientific data in moon sighting inside the limits of Shariah as a way to finish repeated controversies surrounding non secular festivals resembling Eids.
His remarks got here throughout a gathering with Minister of Science and Expertise Fawad Chaudhry. The minister knowledgeable him that observatories have been being arrange in Islamabad for sighting of the moon.
The places of the observatories have been recognized and their approval has been sought from the Capital Growth Authority (CDA), he added. Maulana Khabir was briefed on efforts of the ministry on this regard.
He was instructed that the observatories have been the results of efforts made by the minister for science with the assistance of which the sighting of the moon could be facilitated and a unanimous resolution could be potential.
Minister tells Maulana Khabir that observatories are being arrange in Islamabad for sighting of moon to finish controversies over Islamic occasions
“On this fashionable age, each drawback has been solved with the assistance of scientific data and solely nations that use science are making progress. Islam and science usually are not contradictory however the significance of data in Islam distinguishes it from different religions,” the minister stated.
He assured Maulana Khabir of full cooperation from his ministry in sighting of the moon. He stated his workplace would help the committee as a way to attain consensus concerning the sighting of the moon with the assistance of science.
Previously, the Ruit-i-Hilal Committee had opposed Ministry of Science and Expertise’s affords to make use of scientific proof to announce occasions of Islamic significance. To finish controversies surrounding non secular occasions, the ministry additionally developed a lunar calendar which incorporates all of the dates of Islamic occasions in Pakistan, together with Ramazan, Eidul Fitr, Eidul Azha and Muharram for the subsequent 5 years.
However the committee opposed any help from the ministry, cautioning Mr Chaudhry to not intervene in issues he didn’t perceive.
Nonetheless, Maulana Khabir confirmed inclination to cooperate with the Ministry of Science and Expertise according to references and teachings from the Quran and Hadis.
He additionally requested the federal minister to make each effort to take Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Peshawar’s Qasim Ali Khan Mosque on board as a way to attain a consensus on moon sighting that might finish controversies over essential Islamic occasions.
Mufti Popalzai had additionally been against suggestions to make use of science and newest applied sciences to sight moon that mark non secular occasions.
Maulana Khabir stated he would additionally wish to carry all the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee members on a go to to the Ministry of Science and Expertise to temporary them on the significance of scientific analysis and the way it may gain advantage all these involved sooner or later.
Officers on the event additionally demonstrated how an software developed by the ministry for moon sighting labored.
Revealed in Daybreak, January eighth, 2021