Sultan Declares First Day Of Ramadan 2024 in Nigeria, Details Emerge

Sultan Declares First Day Of Ramadan 2024 in Nigeria, Details Emerge

  • The leader of Muslims in Nigeria, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Monday, March 11, as the commencement of the 2024 Ramadan fasting
  • The Sultan made the announcement on Sunday night, March 10, in a telecast monitored by
  • Muslims worldwide consider the holy month of Ramadan as a period of immense reward and spiritual cleansing journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

Sokoto, Sokoto state - The Sultan of Sokoto and president-general of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Sunday, March 10, declared the commencement of Ramadan 2024 in Nigeria.

The Sultan said the crescent for the commencement of the fasting period has been sighted.

Ramadan 2024 will start in March/Ramadan has rules guiding it
Muslims consider Ramadan as the most blessed month. Photo credits: Majority World, Anadolu
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Sultan, in a broadcast monitored by, directed Muslims in Nigeria to commence fasting on Monday, March 11.

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The announcement followed the sighting of the moon in a part of the country as confirmed by the National Moon Sighting Committee. reports that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy.

Sultan Abubakar said the commencement of the fast followed reports of sighting of the moon which marked the end of the month of Sha’aban 1445 AH.

The foremost religious leader appealed to wealthy individuals to assist the vulnerable and poor people by providing them with food to cushion the ongoing hardship.

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Muslims across Nigeria are welcoming the arrival of Ramadan. But as they savour the traditions of their own diverse communities — from holiday treats to evening diversions — the tribulations faced by fellow Muslims are never far from their mind.

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Abdullah Dada, the chief Imam of Oke-Odo land in Alimosho local government area (LGA) of Lagos state, told

I wish all Muslims worldwide a blessed Ramadan and ask Allah that all the unjustly detained by their governments will be released before the end of this month and on the other hand, inflict on the Zionists twice as much pain as they did against innocent people in Gaza. Amin.

In a similar vein, Sheikh Taoheed Afenifere told

May Allah end the suffering of our brothers and sisters around the world, and especially in Gaza.
May this Ramadan be the last under occupation.

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Earlier, reported that Prof Sherifdeen Kareem, the Imam of the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta Mosque in Ogun state, disclosed that Muslim couples can have intimacy during Ramadan, but only after their fast for the day has ended.

The religious leader stated that unmarried couples are strictly restricted, maintaining that only legally married couples are allowed to copulate between the hour of breaking the fasting and taking the pre-dawn meal (Maghrib and Solatul Subhi) during the Ramadan period.


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