Holy month of Ramadan begins
The holy month of Ramadan of 1444 Hijri begins today in the country.
The decision was made at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the conference room of Islamic Foundation at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque yesterday, read an Islamic Foundation press release.
As per its decision, the holy Shab-e-Qadr or Lailatul Qadr, the night when the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed on the night of April 18.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting the countrymen and all Muslim Ummah across the world with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.
President Abdul Hamid in his message said, "The holy month of Ramadan filled with blessings (Barkat) has come again after a year. This holy month brings a unique opportunity of getting closer to Allah and attaining taqwa (fear of Allah)".
Noting that the whole Muslim Ummah observes the month with due religious fervor to attain self-restraint, self-rectification and forgiveness, he said fasting plays a vital role in establishing sympathy, amity and brotherhood among all, including the rich and the poor.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this holy month creates an opportunity of self-rectification through self-restraint.
"Let's be inspired by the teachings of the Ramadan and protect the holiness of the Ramadan, showing modesty, patience and restraint at all levels of life and shunning all forms of pleasure, hatred, merriment and conflict," Hasina said.