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Ramadan Fasting Commences in the Muslim World

By Dalhat Hamid Bello

Monday, 11th March, 2024 marks the beginning of a 30-day obligatory fasting period of Ramadan in the Muslim world, for hijri calender,1445, but depending on the time zone, some Muslim countries are expected to commence the fasting on Tuesday. The fasting, which is from dawn to dusk daily for the month period, lasts between 12 to 17 hours based on where a Muslim resides in the world, with Nuuk in Greenland, Reykjavik in Iceland, Helsinki in Finland regions having over 17 hours daily, Stockholm in Sweden, and Glasgow in Scotland over 16 hours, while in some other countries the time range revolves between 12-15 hours daily.

In Nigeria, on Sunday eveving, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. (Dr) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the President-General, Nigerian Sureme Council for Islamic Affairs, declared Monday, March 11, as the first day of Ramadan 1445 AH, in a special broadcast to Nigerian muslim community.

In  the broadcast, the Sultan felicitates with the muslim ummah on the occasion of witnessing this year’s Ramadan and urged muslims to pray for peace and a relief from the grip of hunger, poverty and economic hardship in the country. He further calls for dedication and prayers for leaders and the country in general, while urging the wealthy individuals in the society to assist the less-privileged with foods and other neccesities of life to cushion the effect of the economic harsh condition in the country.

Earlier, in a press statement from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), signed by its Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu “enjions the Muslims all over the country to be on the look out for the Ramadan crescent on the night of Sunday 10th of March 2024 and await the official announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA’’, and which they did and compiled for the commencement of fasting in earnest.

Meawhile, Tafsir centres from the entire muslim community are expected to commence delivery of daily lessons and sessions, and for media coverage to enliven the Ramadan atmosphere with Qur’anic message and Islamic discussion and explanation.

A great number of Mosques in Bauchi have kick-started the Tafsir shortly after the subhi prayer, Monday morning, with the Chief Imam of Bauchi Central Mosque, Imam Bala Ahmad Baban Inna at the Mosque, Imam Babangida Sulaiman at Gwallaga Juma’at Mosque, and Imam Muhammad Yusuf Adam at Bilal ibn Rabah Juma’at Mosque, on Nasarawa-Jahun Street. Other Tafsir centres run by many Islamic organizations and educational institutions are billed to commence the Tafsir sessions later in the day.

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