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Muslims lookout for Ramadan crescent moon

An official looks through a telescope for the sighting of the new moon for the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a religious boarding school in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhamad Saad Abubakar, has urged Muslims to begin seeking the Ramadan crescent moon tomorrow, Friday, April 1, 2022, which corresponds to the 29th of Sha’aban 1443.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar with 12 months in a year that lasts 354 or 355 days.

The sighting of a crescent moon marks the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

Prof Sambo Wali Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council Sokoto, stated in a statement on Thursday that upon sighting, the information should be forwarded to the nearest village or district head.

More than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide will observe the month in which believers refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and engaging in marital activities from sunrise to sunset.

Ramadan is considered holy by Muslims since the Quran is said to have been revealed to their Prophet Muhammad during that month.

Fasting during Ramadan is also one of Islam’s five pillars.

Ramadan is followed by the Eid al-Fitr celebration.

Nasir Malali contributed reporting, while Muzha Kucha edited the piece.

Reporting by Nasir Malali; editing by Muzha Kucha and Saadatu Albashir