Saudi Arabia announces Thursday start for Ramadan

Pauline Gross
May 17, 2018

Presidential hopeful, Prof Joshua Alabi has sent well wishes to Muslims as they begin the month of Ramadan.

Some of the places where the moon was sighted include Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe, Bauchi, Port-Harcourt, Jigawa, and Minna among others. The month of Ramadan concludes with Eid al-Fitr, an auspicious day for Muslims across the globe.

Earlier in a statement, the Sultan had stated: "If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character, His Eminence would declare Thursday, May 17, as the first day of Ramadan".

Sa'ad Abubakar, sultan of Sokoto, says the Muslim Ramadan fast will commence on Thursday.

He said the Holy Prophet Muhammad used to spend very generously on the poor and the needy during this period, and urged Muslims in the country and all over the world to copy the good example.

Ramadan is one of the five "pillars" of Islam. In this blessed month, let's take the opportunity to strengthen friendship and foster stronger family ties by performing activities together such as having the pre-dawn and break fast meals, as well as the night prayers as a family.

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The governor wished them a peaceful and fruitful Ramadan.

Noting that the Ramadan season emphasises piety, discipline, self-control and empathy for the less privileged in society, Fayemi called on all adherents of the Islamic faith to reflect on these lessons during the 30 days fasting period.

"In accordance with Islamic law, Muslim Ummah are to commence fasting on Thursday accordingly".

He said it was the duty of all, irrespective of religion, to also pray for the country.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims observe one month fasting.

"May Allah grant the prayers of the faithful during Ramadan and reward them bountifully".

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