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Muharram moon not sighted, New Islamic Year 1445 will be on Thursday July 20, 2023

The Muharram moon, which marks the beginning of the new Islamic year, could not be sighted today, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on Tuesday. 

This means that the first of Muharram will be on Thursday (July 20) — marking the beginning of the new Islamic year, 1445 AH. and Youm-e-Ashura will be observed on July 29 (Saturday) 2023.

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Moulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad presided over the meeting, which took place at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Quetta.

Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz and other officials also attended the meeting.

Earlier, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted that the moon would be born on the crossing conjunction point at 11:32pm on July 17 (Monday).

“According to astronomical parameters, there is a slight chance of sighting the new moon of Muharram, 1445 AH on the evening of 18-07-2023 i.e. on 29th of Zilhaj, 1444 AH,” the PMD said in a notification a day earlier. 

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced that the Islamic year in the Kingdom will start tomorrow (July 19).

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