Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III last night declared today as the first day of Ramadan, 1439 AH. Muslim devotees are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.
The sighting of the moon marks the end of the month of Shaaban and the ushering in of the month of Ramadan.
The Colombo Grand Mosque said that fasting month observed by Muslims in Sri Lanka, in view of Ramadan will commence from May 18.
The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organizations across the country.
Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iranian Parliament, forwarded a message of congratulations to all his Muslim counterparts across the globe to extend greetings on the advent of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
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The President prayed Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period.
He, therefore, urged Muslims faithful to use the period to pray for the progress of the country and for peace to reign in all the troubled spots. It involves self-reflection, goal-setting, and fasting.
"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.
"As they join the global Islamic community in undergoing the spiritual purification of Ramadan, I urge all Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for greater peace, security, unity and future rapid socio-economic development of the state. By doing this, Allah, in his faithfulness, will accept our sacrifices and answer our prayers", he added.