Sultan of Sokoto
The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of Nigeria has declared that Ramadan fast will begin on Saturday, reports The PUNCH.
The NSCIA ‘s National Moon Sighting Committee said Friday that no moon was seen in the country
It said that the Ramadan fast will hit 30 this year as opposed to earlier arrangements made by Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri tomorrow (Saturday). The PUNCH notes that the Eid-el-Fitr Muslim holiday marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month.
While announcing the outcome of Friday’s moon hunt, it tweeted,“There was no positive sighting report of the Shawwal crescent in Nigeria, tomorrow is 30th Ramadan. An official statement from the Sultanate will be released shortly.”
Also, Eid will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, authorities in the kingdom said on Friday.
“Saturday will be the last day of the sacred holy month of Ramadan and Eid-el-Fitr will take place on Sunday,” the royal court and the supreme court said, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Religious authorities in Jerusalem, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Qatar, and Lebanon also said that Eid would begin on Sunday.
The timing of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar.
The holiday is normally celebrated by families gathering together.