- Title: Pakistani Muslims mark beginning of Ramadan
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (MAY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) MEMBERS OF PAKISTAN'S CENTRAL RUET-E-HILAL COMMITTEE (MOON-SIGHTING COMMITTEE) STANDING ON ROOFTOP NEAR TELESCOPE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL RUET-E-HILAL COMMITTEE, MUFTI MUNIBUR REHMAN, TRYING TO SEE MOON THROUGH TELESCOPE CLEAR SKY VARIOUS OF CLERICS LOOKING THROUGH TELESCOPE VARIOUS OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS WAITING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL RUET-E-HILAL COMMITTEE, MUFTI MUNIBUR REHMAN, SAYING: "It has been unanimously decided that the moon was not sighted today. Therefore, the first of Ramadan 1438 Hijrah will fall on Sunday, May 28, 2017." MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE PRAYING WITH RAISED HANDS KARACHI, PAKISTAN (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ARRIVING AT MOSQUE FOR TARAWEEH (SPECIAL EVENING PRAYERS DURING RAMADAN) (AUDIO OF IMAM CALLING FOR PRAYER) VARIOUS OF WORSHIPPERS PERFORMING WUDU (ABLUTION) VARIOUS OF TARAWEEH PRAYERS (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CLERIC, HASNAIN RAZA ATTARI, SAYING: "This month of Ramadan awakens worshipping enthusiasm in Muslims and they are overwhelmed to please Allah. In this month, we must do good deeds to people to please Allah as well as we should improve our role in the society. We should appease those of our relatives who are upset with us, and we should do maximum good to our relatives who reside with us." VARIOUS OF WORSHIPPERS DURING TARAWEEH PRAYERS
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 20:10
- Keywords: moon faith ritual sighting announcement telescope prayers Ramadan Muslims Islamabad Pakistan Karachi
- Location: ISLAMABAD AND KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- City: ISLAMABAD AND KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IM643R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Pakistan's Moon Sighting Committee on Saturday (May 27) declared that the first day of the holy month of Ramadan will be observed in the country on Sunday (May 28) subject to sighting of the new moon.
Pakistan usually remains a day behind from most of the Muslim countries in marking the beginning of Ramadan due to the new moon sighting, which marks the start of the month in the Islamic calendar.
Comprised of leading clerics, the meeting of the moon sighting committee, locally called Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, decides about the Ramadan crescent.
Millions of Pakistanis on Saturday night went to mosques across the country to offer the first Taraveeh (special Ramadan prayers) to mark the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth and the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim (lunar) calendar, when the Quran was first revealed to Mohammad, according to Islamic doctrine.
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