The Sultan of Sokoto, an head of all Muslims in Nigeria, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Monday the first day of Ramadan fast in Nigeria. Abubakar announced the sighting of the new crescent in Sokoto on Sunday in a radio and television broadcast.
Today’s Echo gathers that Ramadan is also starting on May 6 in most countries.
The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country.
“Upon due verification and authentication by the national moon sighting committee and states committees’ confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan signifies the end of Sha’aban 1440 AH.
“In accordance with Islamic law, the Muslim Ummah is to commence fasting on Monday, May 6, 2019 accordingly,” he said.
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It involves abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from dawn to sunset, in the hopes that it will lead to greater “taqwa”, or consciousness of God.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has enjoined Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray fervently against the current spate of killings, kidnappings and banditry in parts of Nigeria.
In a message to Muslims to mark the commencement of Ramadan fast, Dogara also appealed to those who are well-to-do in the society to show compassion and extend hands of support to the less privileged ones in the spirit of the season especially thousands of Internally Displaced Persons across the country.
He described Ramadan as a period of devotion, obedience and spiritual rebirth, urging the faithful to commit themselves to prayers for peace, security and stability of Nigeria.
The Speaker said, “As Ramadan begins, I want to felicitate with our Muslim brethren for witnessing yet another season of spiritual significance. I want to enjoin you to use the holy month to reflect and re-dedicate yourselves to prayers for our dear nation against the current spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry and other security challenges, especially in the northern part of the country.