New Delhi, October 29: Moon was sighted in India and Pakistan on Tuesday, October 29, and the attempt to see the moon this evening to determine the start date for the Islamic month of Rabi ul-Awwal has proved successful for Muslims in India and Pakistan. The sighting of the moon marked the beginning of Rabi ul-Awwal, also spelt as Rabi al-Awwal, as well as confirm the celebration date of Prophet Mohammed's birthday, which is known as Eid-e-Mild or Eid Milad-un-Nabi or Mawlid. Prophet Mohammed's birthday is celebrated by a section of Muslims on 12 Rabi ul-Awwal. Rabi Ul Awwal Moon Sighting 2019 in Saudi Arabia, UAE & Other Middle East Nations.
Under the Islamic lunar calendar, a new month begins upon the sighting of a crescent moon on the 29th day of the ongoing month. If the moon is not sighted, the month completes 30 days and a new month begins the next day. In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indian Subcontinent, its 29th of Safar month today. If the moon is sighted, Rabi ul-Awwal month will begin from October 30 and Muslims will celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birthday on November 10. Eid-e-Milad in India: Clashes Erupt Between Two Religious Groups During Procession in Kanpur, Over 6 People Injured.
If the crescent remains invisible, Safar month will complete 30 days and the new month will begin from October 31. Prophet Mohammed's birthday would then be celebrated on November 11. In India, Ruet-e-Hilal committees in different states will hold a meeting this evening and try to see the moon. In Pakistan, chairman of the committee Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman will preside over the meeting at the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) office in Karachi.
In Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, Muslims will celebrate Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on November 9 as Rabi ul-Awwal month began there from today.