Muslims in Nigeria have joined their counterparts worldwide in observing the commencement of fasting in the one month long religious obligation in the month of Ramadan.
Taking the opportunity of the period, Northern states? governors have urged Muslims to pray against insecurity in the country.
The fasting begins following the sighting of the moon in as announced by the Sultanate Council in Sokoto.
The yearly observance of Ramadan as one of the Five Pillars of Islam is obligatory for adult Muslims, except in the circumstance of illness, the elderly, travellers, pregnant or women under their menstrual period.
During this season Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, as well as engaging in sexual relations from dawn to sunset.
Thawab (rewards) for fasting are numerous, but in the month of Ramadan they are believed to be multiplied, activities for Muslims during Ramadan includes increased offering of Salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran
The worldwide event presents opportunity for leaders to sue for peace and unity, just as in Nigeria, both religious and public office holders have often used the occasion to call for peaceful co-existence amongst people in the country.
Subsequently, the Northern States Governors Forum has called on Muslims in the country to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray against insecurity in the country.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu?azu Babangida Aliyu made the call yesterday in a Ramadan message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.
It also called on preachers to watch their utterances during the fasting period and preach peace which Islam teaches rather than engage in preaching divisions and recrimination as some Muslim teachers have done in the past.
?Muslim scholars should instead educate their audience of what is expected of Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan to earn Allah?s blessings,? the statement said.