Nigeria’s Supreme Islamic Council has announced that Ramadan will begin on Friday 24 April.
NSCIA General-President and Sokoto Sultan Mohammed Saad Abubakar announced this Thursday.
He confirmed that a new moon was seen in various parts of the country on Thursday, which means that Ramadan will begin in Nigeria on Friday.
He said the month’s surveillance reports had been received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country.
He said, “After careful review and examination by the National Month Observation Commission and approval by the state committee, as well as routine control, I stated that observing the month of Ramadan meant the end of Sha’aban 1441 H.
”In accordance with Islamic law, the Muslim faithful are to commence fasting on Friday accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan also starts on Friday in Saudi Arabia and most Arab countries.
Other Arab countries who have also announced that Ramadan will start on Friday include Kuwait, Qatar, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority.
The Gulf sultanate of Oman announced the crescent was not spotted, thus Ramadan will begin on Saturday.
During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset.
Though Muslims also mark the month by performing special evening prayers, known as the taraweeh, the lockdown imposed in many countries amid the novel coronavirus pandemic would not make that possible.
Many countries, including the Sultan of Sokoto, had asked the faithful to pray in their homes.