KARACHI: The crescent for the holy month of Ramadan had been sighted yesterday (Wednesday) followed by a confirmation regarding the commencement of the month of fasting from Thursday (today), May 17 in Pakistan, sources affirmed.
Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Commitee, Mufti Muneebur Rehman made the announcement after heading session of central committee held in Karachi.
The regional and zonal Ruet-e-Hilal committees also held meetings in different parts of the country to assist the Central Committee to reach a decision.
Ramadan, in which believers’ refrain from food and water from sunrise to sunset, will also begin on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.
During the day, Muslims must desist from eating, drinking, gossip and cursing, and are encouraged to focus on meditative acts like supplications, reciting the Holy Quran and giving charity.
There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people travelling.