KARACHI: The moon of Ramazan has been sighted in Lahore and Islamabad, marking the advent of the holy month during which the Muslims observe fast between sunrise and sunset.
The crescent was visible with naked eye after the sunset in many cities, according to Geo News.
Te formal announcement of start of the holy month was made by the chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Munibur Rehman, who headed a meeting at the Camp office of the Met Office in Karachi for moon sighting.
The Muslims of Pakistan would observe Ramazan on the same day across the country. He also applauded, Mufti Shahabuddin, an influential cleric at Peshawar’s historic Qasim Ali Khan Masjid, for his role in observing the Ramazan on the same day.
In Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Yemen, the annual fasting month of Ramazan began Monday after religious authorities in the four Muslim countries announced the sighting of the crescent moon the previous evening.
Other Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa are also expected to either begin observing Ramazan today or on Tuesday.
During Ramazan, Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. They break the fast with a meal known as Iftar and before dawn they have a second opportunity to eat and drink during Sehar.
Ramazan is sacred to Muslims because the holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) during that month. Ramazan is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.