State Minister for Religious Affairs Advocate Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah has said that Shab-e-Barat will be observed on April 21. He said, there is no confusion over sighting the moon of Shaban month.
He announced this at a press conference held at his office at the meeting room of the ministry on Tuesday.
The State Minister announced this based on the recommendation of 11-member committee comprising eminent olamas of the country formed to take decision about sighting the moon of Shaban month.
Earlier, on April 6 after holding the meeting of National Moon Sighting Committee the State Minister said that the moon of Shaban month was not sighted in the country. For this reason counting of Shaban month will begin from April 8 and Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of April 21.
But after the announcement an organization named ‘Majlishe Ruiyatul Hilal’ claimed that the moon was sighted in Khagrachhari at 6:35 pm on April 6 which was sighted by many local people. They also claimed that the moon was even sighted in Munsiganj.
The organization claimed that they had informed the concerned district administration and Islamic Foundation about sighting the moon. But nobody accepted that and declared the date of Shab-e-Barat.
As Majlishe Ruiyatul Hilal held a press conference then the government called an emergency meeting on April 13. There the dissenters also took part. After the discussion an 11-member subcommittee was formed to end the confusion over sighting the Shaban moon. The committee was asked to deliver its decision by April 17.