DHAKA, May 28, 2017 (BSS) - The holy month of Ramadan begins today in the country as the National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision in a meeting on Friday after reviewing reports on moon sighting.
"As the month of Shawal ends yesterday, the month of Ramadan begins today," a spokesman of Islamic Foundation, Bangladesh (IFB) told BSS yesterday.
Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month, a time of restraint and austerity.
Ramadan, also known as Ramzan, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayers, fasting, giving to charity and religious devotion.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted the countrymen and all Muslims across the world with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.
In separate messages on the occasion of the fasting month, they prayed for the welfare of the country and the Muslim Ummah.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said the holy Ramadan is the month of self-restraint, self-rectification and obtaining forgiveness.
"As the Ramadan is the month of Rahmat (mercy), Barkat (blessing), Maghfirat (forgiveness) and Najat (salvation), it brings a unique opportunity of getting closer to Allah, attaining peace and forbearance," the President added.
Noting that the whole Muslim Ummah across the world observes the month with due religious fervour, Abdul Hamid said fasting helps establish cooperation, amity and brotherhood between the rich and the poor.
The President hoped that the people would be able to realize the significance of the holy Ramadan and the society would get rid of all sorts of darkness and superstition.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Ramadan is the month for purification of souls through sacrifices and it creates scopes for getting closer to the Almighty Allah.
She called upon all to be inspired with the teachings of the holy month of Ramadan and establish peace, amity, brotherhood and fraternity in personal and social lives, shunning luxury, malice, violence and conflicts.
The premier urged all to maintain sanctity of the Ramadan by showing the sense of proportion, patience and restraint in all spheres.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)