BARMM’s Darul Ifta declares Friday, April 24, as the start of Ramadan

By: Gandhi Kinjiyo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - The Office of the Regional Darul Ifta (RDI) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) declared  April 24 as the start of Ramadan period.

Sheikh Abuhuraira Udasan, Mufti of the Bangsamoro and Executive Director of the RDI, announced that the start of Ramadan will be this Friday following result of the moonsighting on April 22, 2020 done by the Ulama (Religious scholars) of their group.
He said the result of the moon sighting is that the moon-crescent has not been sighted.
“And based on this, the Darul Ifta decided that the beginning of Ramadan will be on Friday 24th of April, 2020, In sha Allah,” Udasan stressed.

Udasan cited the Hadith of Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessing be upon him): “Fast when you see it (the crescent of Ramadhan) and break when you see it (the crescent of Shawal), and if it is obscured from you (too cloudy), then complete the Sha’ban a thirty days.
April 22 is the 29th day of Sha’ban.  Following Sha’ban is the month of Ramadan, the ninth month in Islamic calendar and considered by Muslim as the blessed month.

Fasting is obligatory to able-bodied adult Muslims except to those who are sick or travelling. While fasting, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, engaging in sexual activities and committing any sinful acts from dawn till sunset.

Repenting, meditating, praying, giving charity and reading the Holy Qur’an are the prescribed acts that Muslims should do during the month of fasting.

To help contain the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019-(Covid-19) pandemic, the Darul Ifta has issued fatwas (religious rulings) suspending any obligatory congregational prayers in mosques including the Taraweeh, a special nightly prayer during Ramadan.

RDI is an institution mandated to promulgate and issue fatwas pertaining to the whole breath of Islamic jurisprudence.

It is also mandated to provide moral and spiritual leadership and guidance through continuing struggle and transformation of the Bangsamoro communities.


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