Moon sight­ing a tough task due to hazy sky

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow -

LUC­KNOW: This year also, the cres­cent moon for Eid-ul-Fitr won’t be sighted in Luc­know due to the dust clouds and it will take an­other cou­ple of days for the skies to be clear, said the weath­er­man.

Ac­cord­ing to the Shia Chand Com­mit­tee, it was around eight years back when the cres­cent moon for Eid-ul-Fitr was last sighted in the state cap­i­tal and the date of the fes­ti­val was an­nounced ac­cord­ingly.

JP Gupta, di­rec­tor IMD Luc­know, said strong winds from the west have brought along dust, mak­ing the sky hazy. Gupta said it would take an­other cou­ple of days for the

› Eid ka chand has not been sighted here for eight years and the an­nounce­ment of date for Eid was made on the ba­sis moon sight­ing in other parts of the coun­try. MAULANA SAIF ABBAS, pres­i­dent, Shia Chand Com­mit­tee

‘dust clouds’ to clear.

He said the ex­ist­ing weather con­di­tions would make it dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to sight the moon.

Maulana Saif Abbas, pres­i­dent, Shia Chand Com­mit­tee said it was in 2010 when the moon for Eid-ul-Fitr was last sighted in Luc­know.

“Since then, Eid ka chand has not been sighted here and the an­nounce­ment of the date for Eid was made on the ba­sis moon sight­ing in other parts of the coun­try,” said Abbas while talk­ing to HT on phone.

Abbas said the moon could not be sighted due to cloudy con­di­tions that gen­er­ally pre­vailed on the oc­ca­sion of Eid-ulFitr. He said this year too, moon sight­ing seems a dif­fi­cult task fol­low­ing hazy/dusty weather con­di­tions in the city.

HT PHOTO

▪ Mem­bers of the Shia Chand Com­mit­tee try­ing to sight the moon on Thursday.

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