Ramadan: Pray for Peace, Stability In Nigeria - Dogara Urges Muslims

In fact, more Muslim adults say they fast during Ramadan than say they pray five times a day (42%) or attend mosque weekly (43%), according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey of US Muslims.

Remembering victims of the past unrest and supporting them is essential, he indicated.

It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan.

This year, Ramadan will begin on Wednesday, the evening of May 16, and will go on till Thursday, the evening of June 14. Surprisingly, 41% of Muslims in the US who declared before that religion is "not too/ not at all important" observe Ramadan by fasting during daylight hours. It is also believed that the holy book of Quran was written during this month. He said Ramadan is a special month since Allah made al-Qadr (the night of power) in this month.

"In the spirit of Ramadan, I want to enjoin Muslims in Nigeria to maximise the spiritual and physical benefits associated with the holy month as well as assimilate the Ramadan's ethical principles of sharing, caring, love, tolerance and piety".

The thin crescent moon marking the beginning of a new month in the Islamic calendar is called Hilal and is used to predict the start of Ramadan.

During this month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The fasting for Ramadan or Ramzan month will begin in Pakistan, Bangladesh and other Asian countries, depending on the moon sighting.

More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset.

Ramadan is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins.

There are some exemptions from fasting: you can eat and drink if you are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

Eid al-Fitr celebrations traditionally begin with morning prayers followed by a short sermon.

Ramadan is also a time of feasting with family and friends.