Sultan Announces Thursday Beginning Of Ramadan Fasting

Sultan Announces Thursday Beginning Of Ramadan Fasting

Sultan Announces Thursday Beginning Of Ramadan Fasting

A Muslim woman prays the first Taraweeh evening prayer on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the Nizamiye Mosque in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Malaysia's federal Mufti Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri (2nd R) uses a Theodolite to perform "rukyah", the sighting of the new moon for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, on the observation deck of the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk.

He stated that the Holy Prophet Muhammad used to spend very generously on the poor and the needy during this period.

While fasting, Muslims must also abstain from sex, gossip and cursing.

In a message signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adedayo Adeneye, the governor urged the Muslims to submit their spirit, soul and body, in total submission to Allah.

He, therefore, urged Muslims faithful to use the period to pray for the progress of the country and for peace to reign in all the troubled spots.

"Let's just be united so that the blessings of the Almighty will come to us especially during the fasting season in the month of Ramadan...let's not do anything Allah dislikes, let's be careful of our actions, words and way of life", Macarimbor said.

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.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims offer prayers (Salat), recite the Quran and do good deeds. "By doing this, Allah, in his faithfulness, will accept our sacrifices and answer our prayers", he added.

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