"Consequently, tomorrow becomes the first day of Ramadan and I urge Muslims in the country to commence fasting according to the teaching of Islam", Abubakar said.
Apart from being a traditional event, Commission on Elections chief of Judicial Records Division Dr. Saga Mabaning said that moon sighting is a significant event for Muslims nationwide as "it shows that they are one in conducting their religious rites just like the Christians who are united in performing their religious activities".
Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr.
Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged Muslim ummah to use the opportunity offers by Ramadan to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude.
The monarch therefore, urged Muslims to rededicate themselves to the worship of God and pray for peace and progress of the country.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fast marking it as a gesture to revere the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Muslim devotees are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.
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.
Fayemi added, "We all must be grateful to Allah for being alive to witness another Ramadan season".
The Ramadan fast, in which food and even a sip of water is prohibited, is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate.
Ramzan or Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic (Hijri) calendar.
"May Allah grant the prayers of the faithful during Ramadan and reward them bountifully".
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