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Ruet-e-Hilal body meets on July 6 for moon sighting of Muharram: 10th of Muharram is expected on July 17

ISLAMABAD: The central moon sighting committee will convene on July 6 in Quetta to observe the sighting of the Muharram crescent, marking the beginning of the new Islamic calendar.

The meeting will be chaired by Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad.

Zonal committees will also meet on the same day in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, and Peshawar to observe the Muharram moon.

Ashura (10th Muharram) in Pakistan

This year, Muharram 9 and 10 are likely to fall on July 16 and 17, which are Tuesday and Wednesday. It is expected that the holy month of Muharram, marking the start of the new Islamic year, will begin on July 8 in Pakistan. If the new Islamic month begins on July 8, Youm-e-Ashur 2024 (Day of Ashura) will be observed on July 17 in the country.

Ashura, observed annually on the 10th of Muharram, is a solemn day commemorating Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and the martyrs of Karbala. The day honors the unwavering resilience of the Prophet’s (PBUH) grandson, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), his family, and his companions who fought to uphold Islam in the face of opposition and cruelty.

In this connection, mourning processions will be held in all cities and towns across the country.

The federal government traditionally announces public holidays on Muharram 9 and 10 in Pakistan to mark Ashura.

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