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Metro 2017 Ramadan Starts May 27 - Committee



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The National Moon Sighting Committee has agreed with the Southwest sub-committee on May 27 as the possible start date for this year’s Ramadan.

The two committees reached the agreement at an interaction in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital Thursday evening, The Nation reports.

The interaction, which held at the Bodija headquarters of the Southwest League of Imams and Alfas, afforded the two committees to share experiences on moon sighting techniques and the need to harmonize start date for the fasting exercise.

At the end of the interaction, the two groups announced May 27 as the possible start date based on guide by astronomical science indicating that the moon would be most likely sighted the day before.


In a unanimous resolution by Dr. Wali and Sheakh El Ilory, the League said that the moon is expected to be sighted at 6.45 p.m on Friday May 26 according to the Abuja weather forecast ‎and that fasting would commence the following day provided there are no clouds blurring the sky.

El Ilory said: ‎”Though some are saying we are no longer following the Sunnah which is the sighting of Moon with ordinary eyes, thinking that we don’t have the right calculation, we are building on astronomical science. Modern time calculation through seeking of knowledge. Some are mocking us that we Muslims are not in unity because the North may see the moon one day and the South may sight it the second day, thereby making us to terminate the Ramadan on different days. The cooperation and scientific knowledge between the two regions have brought near same time and date, thus promoting unity”.