Eid date con­firmed af­ter long con­fu­sion

EID ON JUNE 16 Con­fu­sion be­gan with on­set of Ramzan when state­ments of Shia Chand Com­mit­tee and Markazi Chand Com­mit­tee dif­fered over sight­ing of moon for holy month

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LUC­KNOW: When is Eid-ul-Fitr, is a com­mon query among the faith­ful. But the an­swer to this came af­ter a long con­fu­sion dur­ing Ramzan this year.

With the cres­cent of the moon be­ing sighted else­where and not in the city, Luc­know will cel­e­brate Eid on June 16.

The con­fu­sion be­gan with the on­set of Ramzan when the state­ments of Shia Chand Com­mit­tee and Markazi Chand Com­mit­tee dif­fered over the sight­ing of moon for the holy month.

Peo­ple said a size­able chunk of Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion in Luc­know had missed their ‘tarabi’ prayers and even the fast due to the con­fu­sion over sight­ing of moon for Ramzan.

The con­fu­sion over moon sight­ing be­gan when the ver­sions of Markazi Chand Com­mit­tee dif­fered from that of Shia Chand Com­mit­tee that an­nounced sight­ing of moon be­fore­hand.

The Markazi Chand Com­mit­tee, which ini­tially de­nied moon sight­ing, too an­nounced its sight­ing al­most an hour later that led to all the con­fu­sion.

“Ini­tially, it was said that the moon was not sighted. But late at night it was said that the moon was sighted, which led to the con­fu­sion,” said Imtiyaz Ali, a res­i­dent of Old City.

The con­fu­sion was more among the Sun­nis. They said since the Shia Chand Com­mit­tee first made the an­nounce­ment, they thought that the an­nounce­ment was meant for Shias and not for them.

“Un­like the Shia Chand Com­mit­tee that of­fi­cially an­nounced sight­ing of the moon, there was no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment from the Markazi Chand Com­mit­tee. It was only through news­pa­pers peo­ple came to know that the moon has been sighted,” said Mo­hammed As­raf, an­other lo­cal from Hus­sain­abad.

Sim­i­lar queries flooded the helpline that was launched dur­ing Ramzan by Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Ma­hali, pres­i­dent of the Markazi Chand Com­mit­tee.

Many peo­ple en­quired what they could do if they failed to keep the first roza. There were other queries as well.

There was also con­fu­sion over Alvida Na­maz as a good ma­jor­ity of Mus­lims of­fered the Alvida Na­maaz on June 8 while a few mosques didn’t of­fer Alvida prayers, say­ing na­maz will be of­fered on the last Friday of Ramzan – on June 15.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Ma­hali, Imam, Eidgah said: “The moon was sighted in the Gulf coun­tries that will ob­serve Eid on Friday. As it was not sighted here on Thursday, Eid in In­dia will be on Saturday.”

“The con­fu­sion over the dates pre­vailed due to a bunch of peo­ple who were spread­ing ru­mours,” he added.

He said this Ramzan was his­toric as it was for the first time when Mus­lims across the world ob­served fast to­gether in the holy month of Ramzan.

When the chand com­mit­tees in Luc­know were try­ing to sight the moon, Darul Ifta Barelvi said the moon for Eidul-Fitr was not sighted on Thursday, hence the na­maaz for Alvida would be of­fered on Friday.

Ahead of Eid, women shop­ping in Old City; Kash­miri chai be­ing pre­pared at a stall and eater­ies of­fer­ing lip­smack­ing del­i­ca­cies to the vis­i­tors.

SUBHANKAR CHAKRABORTY/HT PHO­TOS

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