Muslims Search Sky for Ramadan Crescent Moon — Secretary Pangarungan
SDN — Science and Digital News learned about this from National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Secretary Atty. Saidamen Balt Pangarungan.
The NCMF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said the Commission’s National Moon-sighting Committee will be deployed across the Philippines to scan the sky for the crescent.
“We are calling on our fellow Muslims to help in their own way in searching for the new moon. The appearance of the crescent will signal the first day and start of our fasting,” said Pangarungan, who like Filipinos in Luzon, are staying home to follow the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) regulations.
He appealed for unity especially the holy month is now knocking in everyone’s heart.
Told that other local Muslims may not follow the NCMF moon-sighting result, he said: “We respect everyone’s belief on when they will start the fast. But we wish that at least
for local Muslims they will start on the same day.
“If the Ramadan crescent is seen tonite, then fasting begins the next day (Thursday. If not seen, we fast on Friday,” he emphasized.”
Pangarungan said the result of the sighting of the crescent will be referred by the NCMF to Islamic leaders such as the “ulama” and the Darul Iftah (House of Opinion).
“We will comply with what the Darul Iftah will say regarding tonight’s moon-sighting. Then, we in the NCMF will announce their decision and spread the information.”