MARAWI CITY: The holy month of Ramadan starts today for Muslims in the Philippines and all over the world.
Ustadz Mike Ibrahim, commissioner of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), said the Darul Ifta, Islamic House of Opinion and members of the Ulama Council of the Philippines (UCP), failed to view the moon in viewing sites in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Friday, thus fasting will start today.
”Since the crescent moon was not sighted clearly on Friday evening, fasting officially starts tomorrow,” Ibrahim said on Saturday.
During the month of Ramadan, muslims are required to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from from dawn to dusk.
For a devout Muslim, Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection.
Local leaders in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are looking forward for a peaceful and solemn observance of the holy month.
Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because it is during that month that tradition says the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.