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Ramadan begins today, Sultan of Sokoto declares

Ramadan begins today, Sultan of Sokoto declares

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday, said the crescent for the commencement of the Ramadan fasting had been sighted.

Abubakar, in a broadcast last night, said Muslims in the country should commence fasting today, March 11.

The sultan said the announcement followed reports of moon sighting received from Islamic scholars and organisations from across the country. He said the reports were duly “authenticated and verified” by the states and national moon sighting committees.

He stated, “Consequently, tomorrow (today), the 11th day of March 2024, becomes the first day of Ramadan 1445 after Hijra.

“We, therefore, call on all Muslims to commence fasting accordingly. We call on all Muslims to use this holy month to pray to Allah in guiding the affairs of our great country.

“We appeal to the well-meaning individuals amongst us to assist the vulnerable and the poor people with food during this holy month of Ramadan to ease the hardship people are going through. May Allah reward us for our ibadah with Jannatul Firdaus, Ameen.”

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