BREAKING:No Moon Sighted,Fasting Continues on Saturday–NSCIA
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has announced that the Ramadan fast would continue on Saturday .
The National Moonsighting Committee of the NSCIA said no moon was sighted in the country on Friday .
It said the Ramadan fast would reach 30 this year as against preparations earlier made by many Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid – el – Fitri tomorrow (Saturday ) .
The PUNCH reports that the Muslim holiday of Eid – el – Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
While announcing the outcome of its moon searching on Friday, it tweeted , “ There was no positive sighting report of the Shawwal crescent in Nigeria , tomorrow is 30th Ramadan . An official statement from the Sultanate will be released shortly . ”
Also , Eid will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia , authorities in the kingdom said on Friday.
“ Saturday will be the last day of the sacred holy month of Ramadan and Eid al – Fitr will take place on Sunday, ” the royal court and the supreme court said , quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Religious authorities in Jerusalem , Egypt , Jordan, Syria , Qatar and Lebanon also said that Eid would begin on Sunday.
The timing of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar .
The holiday is normally celebrated by families gathering together.