He said the moon was sighted in many places across the country, hence Muslims were expected to commence the month-long fast as recommended by Almighty Allah in the Holy Quran.
“I have the greatest pleasure to announce to you that today June 5, 2016 marked the end of Shaaban and therefore Monday June 6, 2016 marks the beginning of Ramadan 1437 AH,” he said.
“Reliable reports from Muslim leaders across the country show that the new moon of Ramadan has been sighted in various parts of the country. I urge you all to use the opportunity to offer prayers for peace and development of this country,” he added.
He urged Muslims to use the period to pray for the success of the leadership of the country as well as peace and stability.