Grand Mufti, Nasir-ul-lslam
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SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam on Tuesday said that Shab-e-Qadr will be observed on April 17 while as Eid moon will be sighted on April 20 and in case the moon is sighted on April 20, people will have to offer Qaza fasting of a day.

Talking to reporters after the marathon meeting of Ulema that include Moulana Rahmatullah Qasmi, Ghulam Rasool Hami and Prof Muhammad Tayib Kamili, Moulana Aga Syed Al Hassan Mousivi, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Moulana Fayaz Ahmed Rizivi, Masroor Abbas Ansari and others, the Grand Mufti, as per the news agency KNO, said, “Shab-e-Qadr will be observed on April 17. Moon sighting will be done on April 20 and if the moon is sighted, people will have to offer one-day Qaza fasting after Eid.”

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He said any decision regarding Eid will be made public after thorough consultation with Ulema. “MeT department will also be consulted before any announcement,” he said.

Pertinently, earlier there was a controversy over fasting as Grand Mufti had stated that the people should fast from Friday while the majority of the people in Kashmir had started fasting from Thursday. Grand Mufti had stated he had received no witness about the sighting of the Ramadan crescent on Wednesday night.

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Meanwhile, Grand Mufti also demanded the release of Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq, Moulana Abdur Rashid Dawoodi and other Ulema who are serving detention in various jails.

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