The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has on Friday, announced that the Ramadan fast would continue on to Saturday.
The National Moonsighting Committee of the NSCIA, stated that no moon was sighted in the country on Friday.
It said that the Ramadan fast would reach 30 days this year, as against preparations earlier made by many Muslim faithfuls to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri tomorrow, Saturday.
Recall, that the Muslim holiday of Eid-el-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
While announcing the outcome of its moon search on Friday, the NSCIA tweeted: “There was no positive sighting report of the Shawwal crescent in Nigeria, tomorrow is 30th Ramadan. An official statement from the Sultanate will be released shortly.”
Also, Eid will begin on Sunday, in Saudi Arabia, authorities in the Kingdom said on Friday.
“Saturday will be the last day of the sacred holy month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Fitr will take place on Sunday”, the Royal Court and the Supreme Court said, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Religious authorities in Jerusalem, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Qatar, and Lebanon, also noted that Eid would begin on Sunday.
The timing of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar.
The holiday is normally celebrated by families gathering together.