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Ministry of Science and Technology Sends Lunar Calendar to Council of Islamic Ideology for Review

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The lunar calendar prepared by the Ministry of Science and Technology has been sent to Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for a review, DAWN reported.

A letter dated May 21 from the ministry to the CII says, “You are requested to accord your opinion in Islamic perspectives,” and, “If some clarification is required, a meeting of religious scholars and scientists may be convened, preferably within 5 days.”

Meanwhile, a notification from the Ministry of Religious Affairs was circulated, calling a meeting of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee on June 4 for the sighting of the Shawwal moon.

Earlier on Monday, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that according to the lunar calendar prepared by his ministry, Eid was expected to fall on June 5.

He told media that the calendar had been completed and “will be sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology on Tuesday [today]”.

According to the minister, the calendar has been prepared through collaboration between Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), experts on space and weather experts.

He said that members of the CII as well as the moon sighting committee had been invited to view the calendar “so that they understand the extensive working that was done to compile it”.



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