Sultan announces Ramadan starts Friday amid coronavirus fears

Sa'adu Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto


The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Saad III, has announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start Friday, as Muslims worldwide face unprecedented restrictions to counter coronavirus.

The Sultan announced the sighting of the new month’s moon on Thursday.

The sighting of the new crescent moon marks the beginning of the Ramadan fasting.

Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during Ramadan and gather with family to break the fast in the evening.


Written by Opeyemi Abegunde


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