Loony Times

For the third year running, we are having problems with correctly seeing the moon in order to celebrate Ramadan. Last year, the issue was so intense that the Chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Commitee threatened to resign. I was shocked to see him back in his seat this year.

The moon issues raised over the past years lacked credibility because the witnesses to the moon did not have any support from the high and mighty RH Committee. This time around, however, it is a completely different deal.

According to this news report, 18 persons saw the moon in NWFP and the Zonal RH Committee also forwarded these references to the central body, which declined to accept them as witnesses.

Whats suprising, is that we have always heard of the Met Dept being involved in the moon sightings. Has SUPARCO ever been engaged in this process? Should they be?

Also, reader opinions are invited on the moon conflict. Lets not forget that this time, its official.

13 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    saturday morning Business Recorder: i forget the authority announcng that accrding to scientific calculations the moon would not be visible on saturday evevning.

    saturday evening: it was not in Karachi.

    yesterday was clouds across our skies.

    i dont know about the authenticity of the committee. but how many did spot a moon in karachi skies on saturday?

    i would rely on BR’s news. Ive been ollowing thir moon sighting calculations issued by some official dept for over a year. they have not been wrong to date.

    as for the RHC: i do think they have their share of controversy. but we have to realise the moon can be visible in half the coouunrty. the west sees the moon before us. why we cant we see it after half the country?


  2. saamia khan (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

    Well ramadan kareem to you all too. I know maybe ppl in the muslim countries should stick to just one uniform day when ramadan should start in all muslim countries like follow saudi arabia and then we could all be celebrating eid on the same day instead of we celebrating it 3 days earlier than you all. Something to ponder on definitely. Take care ma salama


  3. Farhan (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

    One day for all Umma is not possible as moon has different dates in different regions , just like we live in different time zones .


  4. Haseeb A (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

    Kudos to the pathans… They can see the moon even through the clouds!!!
    Ok, I am not pro govern, infact i hate this present establishment, but for once, cant we have a central body (the RH) that decides? Lets follow it!


  5. Adnan (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 9:58 am

    OT but intresting. Read this about our President. He was very awami!


  6. Sailor (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

    Moon sighting (Royaat) is purely a regional issue. The moon sighting varies every minute of 360 degrees of earths’ orbit.

    Saudi Arabia observe calender from Jama Al Azhar in Egypt and GCC follow that as well. Though by Quarnic explanation and Application of Hadith it is WRONG. (Anyway)

    The science & technology – we are in space age and yet we are unable to Utilise the technology that can resolve such a petty issue.

    We are nuclear power and the Nuke option have brought the stability in sub continent, but :).

    WE WISH not to use the space techology for stability of nation over an issue which have kept us divided for well over decades, WHAT could be reason for that?

    Suparco pity, what good they are for? Their forecast are never correct, they are only bunch of lunatics wasting time and taxpayers money.

    — In nut shell, Central ROYAAT HILAL committe shall be disolved with immediate effect, let the regional goverments make a decision how and when moon sightings shall be managed by using the most modern equipment available to the man-kind.

    cheers!


  7. SUPARI (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

    Does one really expect “correct” from the “bunch of lunatics”? The bunch is entrenched to gulp down the taxpayers mony with immunity for the foreseeable future. A really “SUPARI” making company!!!


  8. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    But why there is a conflict in only Ramadan Moon? Why not in other 11 months?


  9. Kashif (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

    The controversy is only in peshawar.


  10. Kashif (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    I am 100% sure that maulana mufti munib-ur-rehman can not do any unfair decision. I agree with the Royat-e-Hilal Committee. Only some people in peshawar and other northern areas create the discrepancy, the rest of Pakistan is with Royat-e-Hilal Committee.


  11. Saamia khan (unregistered) on October 8th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    Guys grow up. Ramadan is like halfway gone and you guys are doin what the whole of Pak is doing like fasting but still grumbling about the moon sighting. YOu coudn’t change anything so what’s the point in just talking. So now maybe we should hop onto other topics and let the muftis topic rest for a bit. what do you say homies? Ma salama


  12. Saamia Khan (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 9:08 am

    Salams, Well well well i’m surprised that some nah one of you had the time to time send me a personal e mail telling me to move ahead. Well dude i haven’t seen anything posted after that so tell me where did you guys move ahead to if there’s nothing new posted that means that you ran out of topics because all you guys are good at is complaining and grumbling instead of taking action. Ma salama


  13. Inspirex (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 10:17 am

    Whats interesting, Ms. Khan, is that after this post, there have been over 45 posts since this one…..

    Sad part is that the particular post you are commenting on is now a part of the archives….

    If you are unable to view the current metblog (the date of the post visible, should be the same day or a day prior at most), id suggest you delete your browsers history and cache. If that doesnt work, you might need to contact your internet service provider.

    This issue happens generally to persons using cable based internet.

    The metblog is up and functional, while the last post was made last night.

    The only reason I emailed you in person was that I didnt know if you could find my reply. Little did i know that you cant see any post after that.

    Try this link, its to the latest post.
    http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/2006/10/where_have_all.phtml



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