Dhaka: Holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed in the country on April 21, said State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
The state minister made the announcement at a press conference at his office this afternoon.
He made the announcement as per the recommendation of the 11-member National Moon-Sighting Committee.
Earlier on April 6, National Moon-Sighting Committee declared that Shab-e-Barat would be observed on the night of April 21 as the moon was not sighted on that day.
The decision came from a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the Islamic Foundation office in the capital’s Baitul Mukarram area with State Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the chair.
Later on April 15, a religious organisation, Majlisu Ruiatul Hilal, moved to the High Court with a petition seeking to observe the holy Shab-e-barat on April 20.
Majlisu Ruiatul Hilal’s lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan claimed that his clients had sighted the Sha’ban moon in Bangladesh on April 6.
However, the High Court did not allow the religious organisation to file the petition.