On Sunday, Pakistan has launched its first ever moon-sighting website in order to end the age-old controversy over the start of the key lunar month that decided the beginning of the holy month of Ramazan and Eid festivals.
The website named “pakmoonsighting.pk” was inaugurated two weeks after Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry made an announcement about the preparation of a scientific lunar calendar.
As per a report, he told that the website would show the exact dates of important Islamic occasions like Ramazan, Eidul Fitr, Eidul Azha and Muharram.
Fawad said at the launch of the website that it will end the moon sighting controversy in the country. He also said that not only Pakistan but also other countries can benefit from it to decide the sighting of the moon.
The website also features sections such as Islamic calendar for the next five years, a day to day lunar calendar against the dates from the Gregorian calendar and the dates on which the first day of every lunar month will fall.
On the site, anyone can access the year wise data about the new moon and its monthly visibility maps. Also the monthly coordinates in the major cities can also be accessed on the site.
Fawad also revealed that a mobile phone app was also being prepared to make it easier to know when the lunar month would begin.
Pakistan has been facing controversy over religious occasions like the start of Ramazan and Eid as religious leaders across regions differ on moon sighting.
Like Ramazan started in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on May 6 while in the rest of the country it began on May 7. There is also a possibility of Eid will be held on two different dates.
Although Fawad said such issues have been resolved and the Eid will be on June 5, 2019, it seems that his efforts to resolve the dispute may not end as most of the priest insists that moon-sighting with the naked eye is essential.