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COTABATO CITY—The Bangsamoro Darul Ifta (BDI) has announced that the holy month of Ramadan will commence on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
Bangsamoro Jurist and Deputy Mufti Abdulrauf Guialani announced this on Tuesday night after receiving reports from regional moon-sighting committees across BARMM.
“They (the said groups) have performed what they were assigned to do, and then finally, the result of the moonsighting is that the moon-crescent has not been sighted.
Based on this, the Bangsamoro Darul Ifta’ has decided that the beginning of Ramadhan will be on Thursday, 23rd of March, 2023 In sha Allah,” the Deputy Mufti said.
Accordingly, the date of the start of Ramadhan varies in different areas or regions, as the Hadith of Allah’s Messenger says, “Fast when you see it (the crescent of Ramadan) and break the fast when you see it (the crescent of Shawwal).”
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection. During this period, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. Ramadan is also a time for self-discipline, spiritual reflection, and acts of charity.
The Darul Ifta encourages all Muslims in BARMM to observe Ramadan in accordance with Islamic teachings, and to use the holy month as an opportunity to deepen their faith, increase their acts of charity, and seek forgiveness from Allah. (Aisah Abas/BIO)