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Mosques in Kashmir announce Taraweeh prayers

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Srinagar: Amid confusion over the commencement of Ramzan, announcements about the starting of the holy month began in Mosques across Kashmir.

At many mosques, the Taraweeh prayers have already started, which began soon after the announcements.

However, the Grand Mufti of JK, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam stated that he stands by his earlier decision as the crescent wasn’t sighted from any territory in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan announced that the Ramzan moon was sighted and the first of the holy month will fall on Thursday (tomorrow).

The announcement was made by the Committee’s chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad at a press conference in Peshawar on Wednesday evening.

Addressing the press conference, Maulana Azad said that the committee received moon-sighting testimonies from a number of places in the country, including Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Swabi, Qila Saifullah, and Mardan.

Saudi Arabia and most other Gulf states will also start the fasting month on Thursday (tomorrow). However, the Ramadan moon was not sighted in India and Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar police in a Tweet said, “SSP Srinagar and all ranks of Srinagar District Police extend wishes that this holy month of Ramzan may usher an era of peace, brotherhood and may also bring prosperity in lives of one & all.”

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