Shab-e-Barat on April 21
Published : Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 710
The holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of April 21 as the government has left the previous date unchanged after a review of complaints.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the Islamic Foundation's Baitul Mukarram office on Tuesday afternoon with State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the chair.
"Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed on the night of April 21 as the moon of Sha'ban was not
sighted in Bangladesh sky on April 6, State Minister Abdullah said after the meeting.
Shab-e-Barat falls on the 15th of the Arabic month of Shaban. Muslims offer special prayers, recite the holy Quran and take part in other religious rituals.
On April 6, the National Moon Sighting Committee announced that Shab-e-Barat would be observed on the night of April 21.
Leaders of Mojlisu Ruiyatul Hilal, an organisation of Islamists, claimed that the Shaban moon was sighted in Khagrhachharhi and different other places on April 6, but the authorities concerned ignored the information.
On April 13, the government formed an 11-member sub-committee to resolve the confusion over sighting of the moon. The Islamic Foundation then invited the leaders of the organisation to a meeting of the sub-committee to review their claim.
No witness turned up at the sub-committee's meetings, prompting the National Moon Sighting Committee to uphold its previous decision, said a press release of the Islamic Foundation.
The members of 11-member sub-committee, formed with many Islamic scholars on April 13 to resolve the confusion over the date of the holy night, were also present at the meeting, the press release added.
The leader of the group, however, set some conditions for the meeting instead of turning up, according to a press release from the foundation. It said the previous decision has been kept unchanged as no witnesses came to claim the sighting of the moon.
It also said the condition for taking witnesses' statements for setting date is baseless in line with Shariah or Islamic law.