NIGERIA- The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Monday, May 6th, the beginning of the holy fasting in Nigeria. The Sultan said this following the sighting of the crescent moon that dictates the beginning of the Ramadan.
Muslim faithfuls observes the 29 or 30 days fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. They are expected to abstain from food and sexual relations from dawn to dusk.
Simwal, a member of the moonsighting committee of Nigeria, in a tweet, quoted the sultan as saying
“His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto has authorized me to inform the general public that Ramadan crescent was sighted in different locations in Nigeria this evening, a compilation of more results is going on.Taraweeh prayers can commence,”.