On the directions of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, the Sindh government on Tuesday announced the release of salaries of employees for the month of June ahead of Eid-ul-Adha, which is likely to fall on 29 of this month.
According to a notification issued by the finance department, full pay with allowances and pension for the month of June will be disbursed on June 23 to all the Muslim employees working under the provincial government.
The finance department directed all the departments that come under the Sindh government to release salaries of the employees on 23 June instead of 1st July, the notification read.
Earlier The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) announced the possible date of sighting of the moon for Islamic month of Zilhaj in Pakistan. PMD officials said Eid-ul-Azha will fall on 29th Thursday June, based on their forecast for the sighting of the Zill Hajj moon.
The birth of the Zilhaj moon is expected to occur on June 18 at 9:37pm with possibility of partial clouds in most parts of the country.
In the event of the Zilhaj moon being sighted on June 19, according to PMD, Eid-ul-Azha is likely to be observed on Thursday, June 29.
The meeting of the central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled on the 29th day of every Islamic month to ascertain the sighting of the moon, and the final announcement regarding moon sighting is made by the central committee.
People are expecting a long weekend for Eid-ul-Azha 2023 as there will be four holidays starting from June 29.
Eid-ul-Azha commemorates the Quranic tale of the Prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah, before the Almighty replaced the son with a ram to be sacrificed instead.
It marks the end of an annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, and should be undertaken by every Muslim who can afford to do so.