Sultan Announces Sighting Of Moon. The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) announced the sighting of the moon on Monday night and noted this years’ Ramadan will start on Tuesday, April 13th.
Sultan Announces Sighting Of Moon, Says Ramadan Begins Tuesday
The President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar disclosed this.
The Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has called on Muslims in the country to take advantage of this year’s Ramadan to pray for the peace of Nigeria.
He also admonished the Ummah to render prayers for leaders in the country for wisdom to handle all the challenges the country is currently going through.
He called on Muslims to adhere to the teachings and practice of Islam during the month, urging them to live in peace and harmony with their everyone.
Saudi Arabia had earlier announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, as Muslims worldwide face coronavirus restrictions.
“Tomorrow, Tuesday… is the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan this year,” the kingdom’s supreme court said in a royal court statement.
Other Muslim countries, including Egypt and Lebanon, have also declared that Tuesday marks the beginning of Ramadan, while Shiite-majority countries like Iran are expected to start a day later.
The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, and traditionally gather with family and friends to break their fast in the evening.
It is also regarded as a time of prayers, during which Muslims wholly converge in large numbers at mosques, especially at night.
But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Muslim-majority countries have imposed restrictions on worshippers, including night-time curfews, and called for prayers to be performed at their different home.