Ramadan Commences as Sultan Announces Sighting of Moon

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SWITZERLAND, APRIL 23 – The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is scheduled to commence on Friday in Nigeria after the head of all Nigerian muslims, the Sultan of Sokoto announced the sighting of the moon, which signals the beginning of the holy month.

The Sultan, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar III announced the sighting of the moon and to this effect it has been declared that Friday, 24th of April 2020 corresponds to the 1st Ramadan 1441 A.H.

Every year, Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. The holiday is well-known for a few things, including fasting, lanterns, and Eid al-Fitr, the three-day religious feast that marks its end.

Below is the message of President Muhammadu Buhari on the commencement of the holy month:

“I congratulate all Muslims as they commence this year’s Ramadan fast, which is depicted by self-denial, universal brotherhood, austerity and helping relatives and needy people.

“But the pandemic must also not be used as an excuse not to participate in the Ramadan fast, unless such abstention is warranted by the exemptions clearly laid out by health and religious authorities.

“I wish all Muslims in Nigeria and the world over all the blessings of the holy month.”

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