Muslims Observe ‘Ramadan’ Monday, 1st August
The holy month of ‘Ramadan’ will begin Monday, August 1st, 2011, announced the Royal Court in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, quoting the Supreme Court last night.
The authorities said the new moon had not been sighted after sunset on Saturday, 30th July, 2011, indicating that today, Sunday, would be regarded as the last day of the Muslim lunar month preceding Ramadan.
Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will also start observing the Ramadan on Monday, according to local tabloids report.
Shortly after the announcement on TV and Radio, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Wusu B. Munu officially informed the authorities in Freetown about the commencement of the Holy Month of Ramadan and congratulated all Muslims on the holy month.
He also called on all his nationals resident in the Kingdom to use this holy period to pray for the progress, prosperity, sustainable peace and development of Sierra Leone.
The Ambassador appealed to them to pray for the protection and guidance of their leader, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, unity and peaceful co-existence in the country.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drinks and other physical needs during the daylight hours. Muslims also use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance.
Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone Embassy, Saudi Arabia
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