Bawumia prays for a blessed month as Muslims begin Ramadan

Bawumia prays for a blessed month as Muslims begin Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

The airline says it expects during the next month to serve 1 million dates, a preferred high-energy food eaten before and after the sunrise to sunset fast and has specially crafted meals on board to coincide with iftar times - when the fast is broken.

Bukola Saraki has called on Muslim faithful to pray for a positive turn around in the fortunes of Nigeria as they join their counterparts across the world to observe this year's Ramadan fasting.

Besides experiencing feelings of hunger and thirst, believers often have to deal with fatigue because of late-night prayers and predawn meals.

"We don't only fast from dawn to dusk and enhance our piety through increased prayers, but it is also a time for us to enhance our acts of compassion and kindness and show greater humility, moderation and restraint", she said.

Ramdan is a period of deep spiritual reflection, prayer, and renewal of faith for the Muslim community.

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Muslim women break the fast at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the first day of Ramadan, June 6, 2016. Muslims who fast during the month should strive to better understand their own religion as well as strengthen their harmony with people of other religions. Saudi Arabia announced that Ramadan will begin on May 6, but the UAE moon sighting committee will meet after sunset on May 5 to make an official announcement.

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Increasingly common are Ramadan tents in five-star hotels that offer lavish and pricey meals throughout the evening.

Over 150,000 iftar boxes will be served during the holy month.

It is believed that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed during Ramadan.

Ramadan is nearly upon us, the fasting month which culminates with the Eid al-Fitr celebration. The festival is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.