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SAUDI Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest shrines, announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan starts today, as Muslims worldwide face coronavirus curbs.

  Disclosing this in a in a royal court statement, the Kingdom’s Supreme Court said “Tuesday (today) is the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan this year.

  “Tomorrow, Tuesday… is the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan this year,” the kingdom’s supreme court said in a royal court statement.

  Other Muslim countries, including Sunni-majority Egypt and Lebanon, have also announced that Tuesday marks the start of Ramadan, while Shiite-majority countries like Iran are expected to start a day later.

  The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

  Other Muslim countries, including Sunni-majority Egypt and Lebanon, have also announced today as the start of Ramadan, while Shiite-majority countries like Iran are expected to start a day later.

  The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

  Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, and traditionally gather with family and friends to break their fast in the evening.

  It is also a time of prayers, during which Muslims typically converge in large numbers at mosques, especially at night.

  But due to COVID-19 pandemic, many Muslim-majority countries have imposed restrictions on worshippers, including night-time curfews, and called for prayers to be performed at home.

  “The month of Ramadan is upon us and the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic,” Saudi King Salman said in a statement released by state television.

  “We thank God for the scientific efforts in developing vaccines to curb the pandemic.”

  The starting date of Ramadan, the holiest Muslim month, is set by both lunar calculations and physical sightings to determine the beginning of a new month.

  Similarly, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) yesterday announced the sighting of the moon and noted that the 2021 Ramadan begins today, April 13th.

  Disclosing this through a broadcast by the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan called on Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to use the period of this year’s Ramadan to pray for the peace of Nigeria, he also asked the Ummah to pray for leaders in the country for wisdom to handle all the challenges facing the nation.

  He called on Muslims to adhere to the teachings and practice of Islam during the month, urging them to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours.

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