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Making the announcement in his palace in Sokoto, the Sultan said the commencement of the fast followed reports of sighting of the moon across various states of the federation which marked the end of the month of Shaaban 1439 AH.

"It is my profound belief that strengthening solidarity and communion among Muslim countries will contribute to stable security and peace in the whole Islamic world", reiterated the top law maker in his message.

Malaysia's federal Mufti Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri (2nd R) uses a Theodolite to perform "rukyah", the sighting of the new moon for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, on the observation deck of the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur.

Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and join mass prayers at mosques.

A Palestinian man points towards the moon in its Crescent form in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, a day before the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Noting that the Ramadan season emphasises piety, discipline, self-control and empathy for the less privileged in society, Fayemi called on all adherents of the Islamic faith to reflect on these lessons during the 30 days fasting period.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims offer prayers (Salat), recite the Quran and do good deeds.

Similarly, governorship aspirant of the APC in Gombe State, Mr. Muhammad Jibrin Barde, has urged all Muslims in Gombe State to pray for peace and progress of the state as the Ramadan fast commences. "By doing this, Allah, in his faithfulness, will accept our sacrifices and answer our prayers", he added.