Moon sighted in Pakistan and India, Ramzan to begin from May 17

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And on the grounds of the evidence, the committee chairman Mufti Muneeb Ur Rahman had announced first Ramadan from May 17, 2018 (Thursday).

With people from all over the country jubilating over the commencement of Ramzan on same-day throughout the country, the politico-religious leadership of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is accrediting the achievement as the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee "honoured" its testimonies of sighting the moon. Secretary Ruet-e-Hilal committee research council has said that the moon can be sighted across the country.

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Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh normally begin Ramzan fasting a day later than Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

According to Geo News the committee led by Mufti Munib met Wednesday for sighting of the Ramadhan moon.

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The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision in a meeting at its Islamic Foundation office this evening after reviewing reports on moon sighting for the holy month of Ramadan, an official release said today. In addition, Pakistan Meteorological Department revealed that the new moon born on 15 MAY at 4:49 PM. Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) during that month. Scores of Islamic faithful usually commemorate the month-long period with dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.

Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan.

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Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity - known as "zakat" - and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah.

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