23 April 2020
Assalamualaikum wr. wb.
According to astronomical calculations, the crescent for the month of Ramadan did appear this evening after sunset for about 17 minutes. As such, the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan falls tomorrow, Friday, 24 April 2020.
We welcome the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan this year with a different atmosphere. Our country, as well as the rest of the world, is currently fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. Besides the act of fasting, we should also play our part to stay at home to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
This year, Ramadan and Hari Raya will be celebrated together with our family in our own homes. No matter the test, we can accept and overcome it with the permission of Allah S.W.T., what more with the arrival of Ramadan – a month of challenges, and the culmination of patience, perseverance and hope.
As we strengthen our faith this Ramadan, may it also spur us to be more determined to fight this virus. This test will eventually pass, and we will overcome this with patience and unity.
I pray that Allah S.W.T. bless your family, and accept all your good deeds and efforts to enliven the spirit of Ramadan.
Wassalamualaikum Wr. Wb.
DR NAZIRUDIN MOHD NASIR