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Muharram starts July 8th in Pakistan, Ashura on July 17th

Pakistan’s Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced the crescent moon for Muharram was not sighted on July 6th. As a result, the first day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, will be observed on Monday, July 8th. Consequently, Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, which marks the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions, will be observed on July 17th.

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The committee’s chairman, Maulana Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, made the announcement after a meeting in Quetta. Representatives from various government bodies, including the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Department of Meteorology, SUPARCO, and the Ministry of Science and Technology, participated in the meeting. Similar meetings were held by provincial and district moon sighting committees.

Muharram is a time of mourning for Shia Muslims who commemorate the sacrifices of Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions at the Battle of Karbala.

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