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Ashura 2024: When does Muharram start in Pakistan?

Ashura 2024: When does Muharram start in Pakistan?

The crescent of Muharram, marking the beginning of the Islamic new year, is expected to be visible in Pakistan on July 7, according to various astronomical forecasts. As a result, the new Islamic year will start in the country on Monday, July 8, with Ashura observed on Wednesday, July 17.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will convene in Quetta on July 6 to determine the sighting of the moon. Similar meetings will also be held at Zonal Headquarters in Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore.

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Meanwhile, there is a chance that the moon for the new Islamic year 1446 Hijri will be sighted on Sunday, July 6, in the United Arab Emirates. Consequently, the UAE government has declared a holiday for the private sector on July 7 in observance of the new Islamic year.

Anticipated date of Ashura in Pakistan

As per forecasts, Muharram is set to begin on July 8 in Pakistan, making Ashura, the tenth day of the month, fall on July 17. If the moon is sighted on July 6, Ashura will be observed on July 16.