The Islamic holy month of Ramadan involving daily prayers and fasting begins today.
Bad weather and dust made observation hard, according to the TV channel.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu in a statement yesterday quoted the Sultan as felicitating with Muslims on the occasion of this year's Ramadan fasting and prayed that Allah grant the Ummah the opportunity to maximize the benefits and blessings of the Holy Month.
The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon.
Though in some countries a lack of moon-sighting has bumped the start of Ramadan to Thursday, the US and Europe begin observing the month at sundown tonight. If the moon is sighted by Tuesday, Ramadan will officially begin by Wednesday, May 16.
Ramadan 2018 will begin in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, it has been announced.
During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset.
In an exclusive video to Al-Ahram Arabic news portal, the Grand Mufti congratulated Muslims worldwide ahead of the commencement of the holy month.
Ramadan is said to be a holy month during which period the prophet Muhammad says the doors of hell are firmly sealed and the doors to heaven are wide open. Those observing refrain from food or drink from sun-up to sundown, with exceptions for age or health conditions, and break the day's fast with the iftar meal. They are also encouraged to engage in more charity work while they fast to bring them closer to God and remind them of the suffering of the less fortunate.
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Note that on the last day of Ramadan, which is Eid al-fitr, the greeting changes to "Eid Mubarak".