Muslims in Nigeria will today join their counterparts around the world to commence this year’s Ramadan fast as the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, said the moon had been sighted Wednesday night.
Addressing newsmen in his palace, the Sultan stated that, Thursday June 18, marks the beginning of Ramadan 1436 A.H. He urged Muslims to use the 29 or 30-day period to offer prayers for peace and development of the country.
“I have the greatest pleasure to announce to you that today June 17, marked the end of Shaaban and therefore Thursday June 18 marks the beginning of Ramadan 1436.
“Reliable reports from Muslim leaders across the country show that the new moon of Ramadan has been sighted in various parts of the country. I urge you all to use the opportunity to offer prayers for peace and development of this country,” he said.
Ramadan is a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, intense prayer and nightly feasts otherwise known as iftar. It is one of the five pillars of Islam.