Muslim faithful in the country today commenced the annual Ramadan Fast.
This followed the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan last night.
In a broadcast, His Emminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar the Third, said the moon was sighted in different parts of the country.
He therefore urged all Muslims to use the occasion of the Holy Month to pray fervently for the country and indulge in acts of charity for the attainment of spiritual purity.
The NSCIA on Monday had issued a guideline enjoining the Muslim Community to practice social distancing during the 1442 Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth lunar sacred month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days — depending on when a new crescent of Shawwal is slighted.