PESHAWAR – As Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Masjid Qasim Peshawar is gearing up to sight the Shawwal moon on Saturday, June 24, country’s prominent religious scholars have declared that celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2017 on Sunday, June 25 would be un-Islamic.

Unlike the majority of the countrymen who had started observing Ramazan from Sunday, May 28 in line with the announcement of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, people in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had followed Mufti Popalzai, starting the holy month a day earlier.

It is therefore anticipated that when rest of the Pakistan would be in search of Shawwal moon alongside Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee under Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, many in KP would have celebrated Eid earlier in the day.

With the rift over moon sighting between the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and the Mufti Popalzai’s committee highly likely to take an ugly turn, noted scholars have come out with their judgment on the matter.

“Celebrating Eidul Fitr on Sunday will be un-Islamic,” said religious scholars and senior officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs while talking to The Express Tribune.

“People living in other provinces of the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have no objection to celebrating Eidul Fitr [on the announcement of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee], except for a specific group of people in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P),” said Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Pir Muhammad Amin-ul-Hasnat Shah. “There is a certain group which has made it an ego issue.”

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