The new Islamic year, 1445, is just around the corner, and preparations are underway to welcome it.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Office, there is a chance of sighting the Muharram moon on July 18. If the crescent is sighted, Youm-e-Ashura, the day of mourning, will be observed on July 28.
Hence, the long weekend is on the way as there are chances that the Ashura holidays will be from 27th July to 30th July.
The Met Office has issued a circular stating that the new moon of the Islamic month is expected to be born on July 17.
However, due to cloudy or partly cloudy weather in most parts of the country, there is only a slight chance of sighting the moon. They mentioned that the Muharram moon is expected to be visible for about 46 minutes.
In the coming days, the members of Pakistan’s apex moon sighting committee will gather to observe the moon of Muharram.
The Islamic year consists of either 354 or 355 days and is based on the cycles of the moon. The first day of the Islamic year is also a public holiday in many countries.
During the first ten days of Muharram, Muslims also mourn the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Husayn Ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Some people choose to fast on Ashura, which falls on the tenth day of Muharram.
As the new Islamic year approaches, many people are looking forward to the Muharram holidays and the observance of important religious events. It is a time for reflection, remembrance, and fasting for those who choose to do so.