It’s just a few days to the beginning of Ramadan 2020. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is dedicated and observed by Muslims worldwide as a time of fasting, prayer, and piety. The period lasts for 29 or 30 days.
During this period, Islamic faithful not only stay away from food and drinks (including water) from dawn to dusk, but also avoid alcohol, sexual relations and all other forms of sinful behaviours.
For the year 2020, the fast is expected to begin on Thursday, 23rd April (subject to change and confirmation by appropriate authorities) based on the sighting of the moon.
In Nigeria, the National Moon Sighting Committee under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) announces the actual date and end of the fast based on the sighting of the moon.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is expected to be done by every adult Muslim, male or female, who has reached puberty.
As Muslims all over the world count down to the beginning of the glorious month of Ramadan, some categories of people are allowed not to participate in the fast. This includes those who are seriously sick, on a long journey/travelling, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding or diabetic.
However, for eligible Muslims who will be participating in the fast, such should note that during this period, they are expected to among other things;
1. Dedicate themselves to the reading and study of the Quran.
2. Engage in prayers and encourage all family members to do the same.
3. Increase acts of kindness and charity to people, particularly to the less privileged.
4. Mend broken relationships and forgive those who have offended you.
5. Abstain from all forms of loose talks, false talks, and deeds. Avoid the use of foul languages.
6. Stay away from quarrels, disputes bad temper and arguments.
7. Don’t make a show of your fasting by talking too much about it, or by showing dry lips and complaining of a hungry stomach.
Source: Naija News