"The first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan falls on Thursday corresponding to May 17, 2018", the Royal Court said in a statement published by state news agency SPA.
As the new moon signals the holy month of Ramadan, I wish all Muslims in Ghana and around the world, Ramadan Kareem and Saum Maqbul.
Grand Mufti Al-Sheikh Abdel Jabbar Macarimbor called on Muslims all over the country to be united in preparation for Ramadan.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a compulsory religious obligation on all adult Muslims.
The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organizations across the country.
Muslims worldwide will start the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday, May 17.
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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has enjoined Muslim faithful to use the period of the holy month as an opportunity to engage in sober reflection and absolute return to Allah.
Just as the sun begins to set, Muslims traditionally break their fast as the Prophet Muhammad did some 1,400 years ago, by eating sweet dates and drinking water, followed by a sunset prayer. It is important to use the opportunity of the fasting to pray and seek the face of Allah for peace and progress of our dear country.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims offer prayers (Salat), recite the Quran and do good deeds.
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.
"May Allah grant the prayers of the faithful during Ramadan and reward them bountifully".
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