Sallah will now takes place on Monday as the moon sighting committee could now find it, which made the Sultan of Sokoto and President-general of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA), His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Monday as the day for Sallah.
To this end, fasting continue on Sunday, April 1, 2022 and the Muslim community will be marking the Eid-el-Fitr on Monday.
Muslims all over the world embarked on fasting in the holy month of Ramadan “to empathize with the poor” or “to know what it’s like to go hungry.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. There is also a verse in the Quran that prescribes fasting for all Muslims who are mature and healthy enough to do so for the full day.
Muslims see fasting as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to God, and a way to become more compassionate to those in need.
The ninth month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar is Ramadan and the tenth is Shawwal whose first day is marked as the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr across the world and Muslims across the world are gearing up to sight the crescent moon which was not seen on Saturday.
Sighting of the moon welcomes the month of Shawwal with Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr celebrations. Shawwal translation means, ‘festival of breaking of the fast.’
Ramadan takes place for 720 hours which is around four weeks and two days during which the followers of Islam or Muslims fast between dawn and sunset.
They pray for peace and guidance, give back to the community in the form of charity or zakaat or engage in humanitarian activities such as feeding the underprivileged and introspect to enlighten their souls.
During the end of Ramadan, intense prayers take place during the Laylatul Qadr or the Night of Power, which is believed to be the holiest night of the year.
It generally falls on the 27th day of Ramadan and is a commemoration of the night when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
While the West culturally follows the Gregorian calendar, the Islamic calendar is lunar which means it is based on the sighting of the crescent moon and every year, Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr occur approximately 10-11 days earlier depending on when the crescent moon is sighted.
This is because the lunar months are shorter than solar months and so it varies from country to country by about a day.