The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), had on Thursday, announced that Ramadan fast for year 2020, will begin on Friday, April 24.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, who doubles as the President-General of the Islamic body, announced this on Thursday.
The Sultan confirmed that the new moon was sighted on Thursday, meaning that Ramadan will start on Friday in Nigeria.
The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan also starts on Friday in Saudi Arabia and most Arab countries.
Some of the other Arab countries who have also announced that Ramadan will start on Friday include Kuwait, Qatar, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority.
The Gulf sultanate of Oman announced the crescent was not spotted, thus Ramadan will begin on Saturday.
During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset.
Though Muslims also mark the month by performing special evening prayers, known as the taraweeh, the lockdown imposed in many countries amid the novel coronavirus pandemic would not make that possible.
Switch Nigeria had reported that the Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of the Islamic Council in Nigeria, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has asked the faithful to pray in their homes and avoid public gatherings.