Moon sighting dispute to be settled on Wednesday
Published : Sunday, 14 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 812
The government will announce the date of Shab-e-Barat on Wednesday as the previously fixed date, April 21, has resulted in confusion.
Failing to reach a decision on fixing the date in a meeting on Saturday, State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah formed a ten-member panel to end the confusion over the date of Shab-e-Barat.
"Until then, the current decision on the date of Shab-e-Barat will remain in force," he told the media after a meeting at the Islamic Foundation in the capital on Saturday.
In an announcement on April 6, the National Moon Sighting Committee said as the Shaban moon had not been sighted anywhere in the country, Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune, would be observed on the night of April 21.
The April 6 decision was based on information from the district administrations, Islamic Foundation, offices of the Meteorological Department, and Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation.
Leaders of Mojlisu Ruiyatul Hilal, an organisation of Islamists, claimed at a press conference in Dhaka on April 11 that the moon for Shaban was sighted at Khagrachhari and different other places on April 6, but the authorities ignored the information.