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Eid ul Adha in Pakistan: Zil Hajj moon sighting expected on June 7

Chief Meteorologist says crescent marking beginning of new Islamic month would be born on Thursday

By Web Desk
June 04, 2024
A view of new crescent is captured in this undated image. — PPI
A view of new crescent is captured in this undated image. — PPI

KARACHI: As Pakistanis are gearing up for Eid ul Adha by making preparations and purchasing sacrificial animals, an official on Tuesday said that the Zil Hajj moon is likely to be born on June 6.

Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz told Geo News that the crescent marking the beginning of the new Islamic month, would be born at exactly 5:38pm on (Thursday).

“There are strong chances of the moon being sighted on June 7 as by then, it will be of more than 26 hours,” he added.

The Islamic calendar, also called the lunar calender ends with Zil Hajj, the month when Muslims travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

The Muslims across the globe also celebrate Eid ul Adha by sacrificing cattle in their respective countries.

Cattle markets

With Eid ul Adha just around the corner, cattle markets have been set up in different areas for the people to purchase cows, goats, sheep, or camels for sacrifice.

The management of the cattle market in Karachi has set up a facility in Taiser Town at Northern Bypass.

ATMs and temporary branches of major banks have also been set up so that people can easily withdraw money if they purchase an animal for sacrifice.

The notification for the establishment of cattle market stated that facilities for traders were being increased including free supply of 30 litres of water per person along with free provision of land for cattle sheds.

Meanwhile, to ensure that the sacrificial animals remain healthy, they will be inspected. A certificate from the Veterinary Department has also been made mandatory to confirm the animals are healthy.