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Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Sultan declares Friday 2018 Eid-el-fitr day

Sultan declares Friday 2018 Eid-el-fitr day

As we approach the end of Ramadan, the month observed to commemorate when Allah gave the first chapters of the holy book Quran to the prophet Muhammad, Muslims around the world will mark Eid al-Fitr.

What date Eid al-Fitr falls on depends on when the new moon has been sighted.

Ramadan began in Morocco on Thursday, May 17, marking a unified first fasting day throughout all Muslim countries, including North Africa and Saudi Arabia.

Since no valid testimony was received from across the country while the sighting of Shawwal moon, Eidul Fitr will be celebrated on June 16 (Saturday), Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on Thursday.

"This has been and should remain a time to be close and network with Allah through daily prayers, helping between themselves as well as be driven by charity activities by supporting the needy communities", he said.

The sultan also urged Nigerians to continue to live in peace irrespective of religious, ethnic and cultural differences.

"The Sultan of Sokoto is making an official announcement live, declaring tomorrow Friday 15th June as the 1st day of Shawwal", the tweet read.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Five months of firefights left more than 1,000 dead, a lot of them terrorists, and hundreds of thousands displaced.

With the holy month of Ramazan drawing to a close, Muslims across the world are getting ready to celebrate Eidul Fitr this weekend.

There are sub-committees in every district of Bangladesh; if the moon is sighted anywhere in any district, the sub-committee reports back to the central committee, and the foundation makes the declaration that initiates nationwide jubilation.

Later in the year there will be another celebration, called Eid al-Adha.

Ramadhan is that time of the year when all Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset for 30 days as they reflect on their faith.

Celebrate Eid, which has been running for seven years, saw a 10-fold increase this year compared with its opening year in 2011, when 12,000 Muslims gathered to mark the end of Ramadan.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has also confirmed parking timings during the Eid holiday.

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