ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Monday invited famous Islamic clerics ‘Mufti-e-Azam’ Mufti Muhammad Muneeb-ur-Rehman and head at the private moon sighting committee at the Qasim Ali Khan mosque Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai to sight the moon.
Fawad Chaudhry, while taking a jibe at both, tweeted that he invites both Mufti Muhammad Muneeb-ur-Rehman and Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai to see why it is very easy to sight the moon with technology and science which for sure does not require a big pile of papers for such an easy task.
مولانا منیب الرحمن اور شہاب الدین پوپلزئ کو دعوت بھجوا رہے ہیں کہ وہ تشریف لائیں اور خود دیکھیں کہ چاند کیسے گردش کرتا ہے اور سائنسی طور پر کیوں یہ انتہائ آسان ہے کہ چاند کے اصل مقام کا تعین ہو سکتا ہے اور اس کیلئے بہت پاپڑ بیلنے کی ضرورت نہیں ۔۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 20, 2019
Earlier this month, he proposed that science and technology should be used to sight moon, and claimed that unnecessary expenditures and controversies will be averted once a ten-year moon calendar is created when a spar between Science Minister and Islamic clerics started.
On May 7, Fawad Chaudhry announced that a committee has been constituted to finalize the calendar to indicate the exact dates of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha and Moharram for the next five years with 100% accuracy.
According to details, the committee comprises of Dr Muhammad Tariq Masood (Joint Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Science and Technology), Waqar Ahmad (Lecturer, Meteorology Department, CUI, Islamabad), Nadeem Faisal (Deputy Director, Meteorology Department), Abu Nasan (Deputy Director, Meteorology Department) and Ghulam Murtaza (DCM, SUPARCO, Islamabad).
He addressed a presser, and asserted that technological means must be utilized for improving the state’s economy.