May 21, 2018

Trump greets Muslims on Ramadan

16 May 2018, 01:39 | Taylor George

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to watch out for the new moon which signifies the start of Ramadan fast on Wednesday. If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia declares the beginning of Ramadan from today, most among the Muslims in Europe would begin fasting from tomorrow.

If the moon is sighted by Tuesday, Ramadan will officially begin by Wednesday, May 16.

The sighting of the new moon was carried out at 29 locations throughout the country.

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"If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Friday, 18th May, 2018 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1439 AH". It is the most holy month in the calendar for Muslims as it is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan. Aside from fasting, the holy month of Ramadan is a month of self-reflection, sharing, caring and giving.

For the world's 1.8 billion Muslims, including Britain's 3.1 million-strong Muslim community, the annual event represents a time to fast and devote a particular focus to prayer, purification and charitable acts.

According to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, working hours for the public sector employees will be from 9am until 2pm across the UAE, whereas working hours for the private sector have been shortened by two hours.

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