22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistan joins Muslim nations to celebrate Eid on same day

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announces moon sighting in Islamabad, start of three-day Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations just like Saudi Arabia, other Muslim and Muslim majority countries

Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad announced in Islamabad that the moon of Shawwal-ul-Mukarram – the tenth month in the Islamic calendar – has been sighted at various places of Pakistan and three-day Eid-ul-Fitr festival would be celebrated from Wednesday just like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and other Muslim and Muslim majority countries.

Addressing a press conference along with officials, Islamic scholars, and his colleagues from central and zonal committees, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman said that they have received a number of testimonies of moon sighting for Shawwal-ul-Mukarram from various areas. After evaluating testimonies in parameters of Islamic Shariah regarding the moon sighting, he said the committee has reached a unanimous conclusion that the first Shawwal-ul-Mukarram, 1445 AH, would fall on April 10, 2024.

The meeting of the national moon sighting body was held to determine the sighting of Shawwal moon at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in Islamabad. Headed by Abdul Khabir Azad, the meeting witnessed participation of officials from Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan Meteorological Department, and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission. Concluding his remarks, the committee chairman prayed for the peace, progress, and prosperity of Pakistan.

President , PM urge Muslims to show compassion, generosity and share happiness with fellow community members

In a message, President Asif Ali Zardari felicitated the Pakistani nation and the Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and urged them to show compassion and generosity and share their happiness with the poor and needy. “On this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I felicitate and express my sincere wishes to the Pakistani nation and Muslim Ummah. I pray to Allah Almighty to bring immense blessings, happiness, peace and security to everyone on this blessed day,” he said.

“After all the fasting, prayers and charity in the sacred month of Ramadan, we should be thankful to Allah Almighty for bestowing all blessings and happiness on us,” he said. “During Ramadan, we submitted to will of Allah Almighty and followed principles of compassion and generosity,” he said, adding that Eid-ul-Fitr was the day to share happiness with others and show generosity to the deprived sections of the society. “On this auspicious day, we should help the needy, poor, orphans and destitute and share happiness with them,” he said.

“In our everyday lives, we should make an effort to become a united and strong nation by showing brotherhood and tolerance and ensuring social and economic justice and mutual unity and solidarity,” the president said. “On behalf of the Pakistani nation, I want to give the message to the oppressed Muslims of Palestine that the whole Pakistani nation express solidarity with you,” he said. “We impress upon world community to ensure immediate peace in Gaza and provision of assistance to Palestinians. The oppression, and genocide by Israel is the gravest violation of human rights,” he pointed out.

“On this occasion of happiness, we should also not forget the Kashmiri people,” he said, and assured that the whole Pakistani nation stood with their Kashmiri brothers and sisters. He said that Pakistan would continue moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris for the resolution of the Jammu Kashmir issue according to the UN resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people. “On the occasion of this blessed day, I pray for the welfare and prosperity of every Pakistani and the Muslim Ummah. May Allah Almighty shower His blessings on our nation and keep us on the path of righteousness and bless us with unity, peace and prosperity. Ameen!”

Pakistan remembers Palestinians, Kashmiris on Eid

In a separate message, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif extended his heartfelt greetings to his countrymen and the entire Muslim Ummah on Eid-ul-Fitr and asked everyone to help the least fortunate among them. “The underlying message of Eid is that of solidarity, compassion, generosity and harmony and inspires us to build a peaceful and prosperous society. While we enjoy the celebratory delight of this great occasion, we must not forget the least fortunate amongst us,” he said. “I appeal to you to help those around you who deserve our support so that they could also share the joys of this occasion.”

“On this day, let us also remember those martyrs who have sacrificed their lives so that the nation lives in peace and tranquility,” the prime minister said. “We salute our gallant veterans who work tirelessly to protect our borders, maintain internal security and contribute to peacekeeping missions abroad. They deserve our utmost respect and recognition.” He urged Muslims around the world to remember their Palestinian and Kashmiri brothers and sisters who were facing the worst kind of atrocities of the occupation forces and they will be constrained to enjoy the joys of Eid. “We all pray to Almighty Allah to ease their difficulties.”

In a message, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif extended warm wishes to the Muslim community on the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. She expressed hope for peace, faith and safety in the coming Islamic month. She reflected on the significance of Ramadan, hoping that the prayers and supplications offered during the holy month would be accepted. As the festive moon heralds the arrival of Eid-ul-Fitr, she conveyed her desires for joy and prosperity to permeate every home.

PM exchanges Eid greetings with Muslim leaders

In telephone calls, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif exchanged Eid greetings with leaders of Turkiye, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman and focused on conveying best wishes on the auspicious occasion and resolve to strengthen bilateral ties. In a call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, both the sides conveyed sincere wishes for the peace, prosperity and unity of the people of Pakistan and Turkiye. The prime minister reaffirmed his commitment to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with Turkiye across all sectors of mutual interest including economy and trade.

“The two leaders reaffirmed to continue firmly and resolutely supporting each other on their core national interests. They also called for peace in Palestine,” he said. He also called UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to extend his best wishes and convey warm greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. During their most cordial exchanges, the prime minister lauded strong bonds and close cultural, religious and historical affiliation between the two nations. The UAE leader reiterated strong support to Pakistan and reaffirmed shared desire to further strengthen ties meaningfully.

In a telephonic conversation with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif extended greetings of Eid ul Fitr, reiterated close fraternal ties and reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to closely working with Qatar in all areas of common interest. He reiterated his government’s commitment to deepen economic and trade relations between the two countries. The Qatar leader warmly reciprocated Eid greetings and conveyed his best wishes to the people of Pakistan.

Shehbaz Sharif also received a telephone call from Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani wherein the two leaders exchanged Eid greetings. “They expressed their satisfaction at the close fraternal ties between Pakistan and Qatar while reaffirming their common resolve to work closely in all areas of mutual interest,” the PM Office said. In this context, the prime minister emphasized that cooperation between the two countries had the potential to enhance significantly, in trade, investment and other related areas.

Shehbaz Sharif phoned Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq, and extended Eid greetings to him. The prime minister prayed for unity among the ranks of the Ummah and for an end to the atrocities being committed by Israel against the innocent Palestinians. Sultan Haitham bin Tariq warmly reciprocated the Eid greetings and conveyed his best wishes for the people of Pakistan. Both the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work closely with each other and to further solidify bilateral ties into mutually rewarding economic cooperation.