Confab Announces Date For Start Of Ramadan Fast

Sheikh Mohammed Ridwan aka Kudi Baawaasaaba, the media coordinator for the programme who is also the owner of Alpha Radio in Kumasi (left) and Sheikh Mohammed Kamil, Deputy National Chief Imam of the Ahlun Sunna Wal Jamma sect at the programme

The
National Ramadan Conference has announced that this year’s annual Ramadan fasting
commences either on 4th or 5th May, 2019.

The
announcement was contained in a release from the Office of the National Chief
Imam at the end of a five-day conference held in Kumasi.

This
year’s conference otherwise called the Hillal Committee which deliberates upon
the annual Ramadan fasting – one of the five pillars of Islam – has turned 25.

The
usual two-day period for deliberating on the date for the commencement of the
annual religious ritual was extended to five days as a result of the silver
jubilee of the creation of the Hillal Committee.

The
activities were officiated by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu
Sharubutu, and the Vice-President’s representative, Alhaji Abubakar Siddick
Boniface, Minister of State at the Office of the Vice-President.

“It
was resolved that Saturday, 4th May, 2019, shall be the 29th
of Shaaban (a month on the Islamic Lunar calendar). If the crescent of the moon
is sighted, Sunday, 5th May, 2019, shall be the first day of
Ramadan. If not sighted, 5th May, 2019, shall be 30th day
of Shaaban, then Monday, 6th May, 2019, shall automatically be the
first day of Ramadan 2019”,  the release
disclosed.

In
the light of the foregone, Muslims around the country have advised to watch out
for the crescent of the moon on the dates mentioned; the timeline has been
pegged at 10pm.

“Any
information after that timeline shall be invalid,” the release added.

The
conference discussed national issues as participants often do and asked in a
communiqué that political parties should dialogue and resolve to disband
vigilante groups.

They
charged Ghanaians to unite in the interest of national development and peaceful
co-existence.

The
participants appealed to the government to include Muslims in the Ghana
Education Service Council but not on the rotational basis as this, according to
them, will enhance the quality of teaching and learning in schools.

It was also decided that the National Chief Imam announce the commencement of the annual fast on the national television when the crescent of the moon is spotted.

By A.R. Gomda



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