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Ramzan moon sighted, fasting to begin from today

17 May, 2018, 05:02 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • How many hours is Ramadan 2018

Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and marks the time when the Koran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

The colourful lanterns have been strung from eaves, the cupboards filled with dates and the preparations for the first iftar of the holy month, from thirst-quenching jallab to Gulf specialities like thareed, harees and molokhiya, are already underway.

"In the spirit of Ramadan, I want to enjoin Muslims in Nigeria to maximise the spiritual and physical benefits associated with the holy month as well as assimilate the Ramadan's ethical principles of sharing, caring, love, tolerance and piety".

Solo prayers are a key part of Ramadan but how do you greet each other during the fasting period?

"We further called on Nigerians to continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious and tribal difference", he said.

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It is also believed that the gates of hell are closed and gates of heaven are open during this month. The moon has been spotted in Delhi and the same has been confirmed by the Chand committee. The month-long fasting period for Muslims starts today.

What do Muslims do during Ramadan?

This is after taking a meal called suhur before sunrise.

Throughout the next month, Muslims will abstain from eating, drinking, smoking or having sex during daylight hours. If people break their fast during the day, they are required to make up for the lost days after Ramadan.

Fasting is considered obligatory in Islam, although there are exceptions for children, the elderly, the sick, those travelling and women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating.

"In Qur'an chapter 2 verse 183, Allah prescribed fasting as an obligation for Muslims and tells us the reason at the end which is for us to restrain from evil, learn God's consciousness and learn to be God fearing".

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