Ramzan moon sighted, fasting to begin from today

Posted May 17, 2018

Ramadan falls as the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, determined locally in each respective country by observing the moon.

Saudi Arabia and other Muslim-majority nations, including Egypt and Indonesia, declared that Ramadan would begin Thursday.

Felicitating with Muslims on the start of the Ramadan fast, the governor said they should not see the month as one of mere mandatory prayer, fasting and Iftar meals, but engage in total abstinence, probing soul-searching, honest repentance and infinite atonement.

The fasting month of Ramadan starts with the sighting of the new moon after which the religious authorities declare the commencement of Ramadan.

"In the blessed month of Ramadan, I would like to extend my greetings to all my Muslim brothers and sisters in Qatar and wish them Ramadan Mubarak".

Food and even a sip of water must be avoided.

Tradition holds that it was during Ramadan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Koran. Travelers, sick persons, and menstruating women are permitted to skip fasting, provided that they fast later on for a period equivalent to the number of missed obligatory days. The month of Ramadan concludes with Eid al-Fitr, an auspicious day for Muslims across the globe. "May God bless our efforts in establishing a Muslim Community of Excellence and bestow upon us the strength to perform our fast with much faith and devotion", said Bakaram.

Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto has declared Thursday as the first day for the beginning of the Ramadan fasting in Nigeria.