- The crescent moon which signals the commencement of the Islamic fasting period has been sighted in Saudi Arabia
- According to the Saudi Arabia Supreme Court, this year’s Ramadan fasting will commence on Saturday, April 2
- Nigerian Muslims will, however, have to wait for an announcement of the moon sighting in the country from the Sultan of Sokoto
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin Saturday, April 2, following the sighting of the crescent moon on Friday, April 1.
Premium Times reported that a statement on the official Facebook page of the holy mosques noted that the first day of Ramadan 1443 will be on Saturday.
Ramadan crescent moon was sighted in multiple locations in Saudi Arabia on Friday evening, prompting the announcement of the commencement of Ramdan fasting by the Kingdom’s Supreme Court.
However, Muslims in Nigeria await the announcement of the sighting of the moon by the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Daily Trust added.
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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.
Ramadan: Sultan of Sokoto Makes Important Announcement Over Moon Sighting
Legit.ng previously reported that Muslims across the country have been directed to look out for the crescent of Ramadan 1443 AH, Daily Trust reported.
The directive was given by the Sultan of Sokoto who doubles as the president-general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, the director of administration of the council made this known in a statement in Abuja.
Nigerian governor orders closure of public, private schools, gives reason
Meanwhile, the Kano state government approved the adjustment of the 2021/2022 school calendar for both public and private primary and post-primary schools operating in the state ahead of the upcoming Ramadan fasting period.
The spokesperson of the Kano State Ministry of Education, Aliyu Yusuf, said in a statement that the adjustment followed the outcry of parents and other relevant stakeholders.
Parents and other stakeholders hinged their request on the need by the government to allow their wards to observe complete Ramadan fast at home, considering the significance of the month.