BREAKING: Sultan announces commencement of Ramadan fasting in Nigeria

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Ramadan fasting will begin in Nigeria on Monday, March 11th 2024, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has announced.

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Sultan Abubakar, who doubles as the president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), said this in a broadcast Sunday night.

The announcement followed the sighting of the crescent moon in a single location in Nigeria, according to the National Moonsighting Committee.

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“The Sultan felicitates with the entire Muslim community on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming 1445AH Ramadan Fast,” a statement by the Sultan said.

He prayed that Allah spares the lives of every Muslim to participate in the exercise and to maximize the benefits therein.

Earlier, the Ramadan crescent (moon) was sighted in Saudi Arabia and other countries around the world.

Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy.

Throughout the month, observing Muslims fast from just before the sunrise prayer, Fajr, to the sunset prayer, Maghrib.

The fast entails abstinence from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual relations to achieve greater “taqwa”, or consciousness of Allah.

“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness,” Qur’an 2:183 stipulates.

 

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