By Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saâ€™ad Abubakar II, has declared today as the first day of the Ramadan and urged Muslims to commence fast.Â
Â Addressing journalists in his palace in Sokoto FridayÂ night, the monarch said the new moon was sighted in many states of the country.Â
According to him, reliable reports of moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country which included Gombe, Lagos, Argungu Kebbi State, Warri Delta State, Jigawa, Cross Rivers, Benue,Â Potiskum in Yobe state andÂ Bauchi State, among others.Â
He said this sightingÂ was duly verified by the National Moonsighting Committee and the Committee in Sokoto. â€œIn accordance with Islamic law and our pursuit of obligatory fast as third pillar of Islam. We wish to announce that today Friday the 29th day of Shaaban 1438 after Hijra of the Holy prophet Mohammad which is equivalent to May 26, 2017,Â has marked the end of Shaaban and the beginning of the new month of the Ramadan.Â
â€œConsequent upon this, Saturday May 27, 2017Â becomes theÂ first day of Ramadan 1438Â after Hijraâ€, he said.Â The monarch called on Muslims to commence the fasting accordingly and pray fervently for peace to reign in the country.Â
The Sultan urged the Muslim ummah to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and for God to heal him.Â
He also implored the Muslim ummah to live in harmony with people of other faiths irrespective of religious and tribal differencesÂ and offer supplications for the leadership to succeed in steering the affairs of this country.Â
â€œMuslimsÂ shouldÂ continue to live peacefully with other Nigerians irrespective of tribal and religious differences,â€ the Sultan added.
The monarch therefore, urged Muslims to rededicate themselves to the teachings of Islam andÂ worship during the Ramadan.