In preparation for Ramadan (Moon-sighting ritual set May 15) Print
Sunday, 06 May 2018 16:41

The Darul Ifta and the Grand Mufti of Zamboanga City and Palawan have announced the holding of the moon-sighting ritual among Muslim communities on May 15 in preparation for the 2018 Ramadan.

Ustadz Wahid Amil, Darul Ifta Spokesperson,  said that the moon-sighting ritual is in compliance with the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) .

The ceremony is mandatory for all Muslims worldwide to observe the solemn ritual before the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan can be declared by the highest religious authority in the locality, Amil said.

If the crescent moon can be sighted on the eve of the 15th of May, then May 16 will be the first day of Ramadan.

If by some natural phenomena such as cloudy skies, rain or other natural causes which may block the moon, the following day, May 17, will be the first day of fasting without resorting to further announcements.

The information was relayed to Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj, President and Founder of the Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates (GCCPBA), an organization of Muslim professionals actively engaged in religious solidarity.

Prof. Yacub, for his part, calls on public and private establishments to give due consideration to their fasting employees so that they may be able to fully participate in their religious obligation.

Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.

Prof. Yacub also cautioned the public and called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to monitor possible soaring of prices of commodities such as fish, rice and other goods.

“During the month of Ramadan, just like the Christian feasts, there will be unusual shopping by the faithful before and even in the month of Ramadan,”  Prof. Yacub explained.

Fortunately, this year, the month of Ramadan falls during the summer break, Prof Yacub enthused.  (GCCPBA Media section)