Sultan Declares Thursday Ramadan, Urges Muslims to Begin Fast


"The first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan falls on Thursday corresponding to May 17, 2018", the Royal Court said in a statement published by state news agency SPA.

Moon sighting is a tradition observed by Muslims in line with the declaration of the start of Ramadan, or the ninth month of the Muslim year, wherein strict fasting is observed from predawn to dusk. Percussion round fired in sunset marks the end of daily fasting, every day during the Islamic holly month of Ramadan.

"Consequent upon this, Thursday, May 17, 2018 becomes the first day of Ramadan 1439 after Hijra", he said.

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged Muslim ummah to use the opportunity offers by Ramadan to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude.

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The President prayed Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period.

Amosun also enjoined Muslims to fervently pray for Nigeria, noting that "this period in our nation calls for our collective and individual prayers for the fulfilment of our aspirations and desires as a country and as citizens".

"Let's just be united so that the blessings of the Almighty will come to us especially during the fasting season in the month of Ramadan...let's not do anything Allah dislikes, let's be careful of our actions, words and way of life", Macarimbor said.

"I would like to extend my most honest congratulations on the advent of Ramadan, the month of arrival of Quran and the month of prayers for God", reads the opening of his letter sent in separate messages to the speakers of the parliaments of Islamic countries.