The Ramadan crescent moon has been spotted in Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia yesterday evening, according to an official announcement from the Nigerian Sultanate Council and
Saudi’s Supreme Court.
The marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan today, Saturday, April 2, 2022.
In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and signifies the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon and is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, which is believed to be the month during which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad, (pbuh).
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, and abstain from food and drinks during this period. The Muslim faithful follow a lunar calendar, consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days.
Meanwhile, the Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long fast, is expected to begin on Monday, May 2, 2022, according to the Saudi authorities, adding that the Eid holidays will be from Ramadan 29 until Shawwal 3 – based on the Islamic calendar.
The exact date of the start of Eid-el-Fitr will be confirmed closer to the date, based on the moon-sighting tradition, it added.