President Buhari sends message to Muslims as Ramadan begins

President Buhari sends message to Muslims as Ramadan begins

- President Buhari has called on Muslims to increase their love for humanity this Ramadan period

- The president urged them to be disciplined and inculcate righteousness

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged Muslim ummah to use the opportunity offered by Ramadan to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude.

The president gave the challenge in his Ramadan message to Muslims issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday.

President Buhari, who greeted the Muslims in Nigeria and across the world as they commenced the 30-day Ramadan fast, noted that Ramadan was a period to inculcate righteousness and discipline.

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According to him, fasting is not just merely meant to stay hungry or thirsty, but an opportunity to strive for inner purification and self-accountability. "It is meant to inculcate righteousness and discipline," he said.

He stated that the Holy Prophet Muhammad used to spend very generously on the poor and the needy during this period.

The president, therefore, urged Muslims in the country and all over the world to copy the good example.

He called on all Nigerians to always remember “men and women who are less fortunate than themselves and to help the government in confronting the challenges facing the nation.’’

The president prayed Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period.

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It will be recalled that the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan started on Thursday, May 17, following the declaration of moon-sighting by Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. gathered that the Sultan on Wednesday, May 16, announced the citing of the new crescent in Sokoto in a broadcast, adding that Islamic elders confirmed sighting the moon.

He said the new moon was sighted in various places across the country that included Sokoto, Niger, Yobe, Port Harcourt, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and other areas.

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