The celebration of Eid al Fitr begins Sunday, with the announcement that the official moon sighting in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and most other nations has come.
The governments of Egypt and Nigeria are among those beginning Eid al Fitr and marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria sent his wishes for a blessed celebration Saturday evening in a message issued from Abuja by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu.
“I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan fast. My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our brother Christians on the occasion of Eid el Fitr,” Buhari said. “May the lessons of Ramadan, namely piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be with us for all time.”
Buhari also appealed to Nigerians to “avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen,” asking that the nation seek to live in peace and unity.
Leaders in Egypt, Canada and elsewhere also sent their best wishes to the world’s Muslims.
President Donald Trump of the United States issued a statement offering warm greetings on behalf of the American people to Muslims across the globe.
“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion and goodwill,” the Trump statement said. “With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”
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