As salamu Alaikum
My name is Zainab Zakari I come from the northern part of
Nigeria. Which is predominantly Muslims from a tribe called Hausa. The excitement starts to show two days before the moon
is sited, you hear people talking about it and getting ready for the holy month of Ramadan, women going to the market to buy
foodstuffs that will be used, men buying fresh fruits for their families. this is so because the type of food we consume in
Nigeria every day differs from the type we eat during Ramadan. It mostly contains fruits and liquid generally soft foods.
The Muslim leader here in Nigeria who we call sarkin musulmia
is in charge of telling the Muslim ummah if the moon is sited in any part of the country and he makes a national broadcast
to the muslim ummah that the moon has been sited and that fasting which we call AZUMI will start the following day. Who ever
sees the moon call his local imam and the imams convey it to sarkin musulmia
People wake up at around 4:30 an to eat their sahur before
fajr sets in, the sahur type of food eaten during sahur is heavier than that of breaking the fast.after the sahur u either
go back to bed or wait until fajr prayers or you don’t go back at all.
In the morning you go about your activities which are allowed
during Ramadan and after ashr prayers we go to tafsir which lasts till 30 minutes to the time to break our fast. We break
our fast depending on the time the sun sets with dates or fruits. We perform magrib prayers. Then seat down to eat properly
which consist of different types of foods and fruit.and after like an hour we perform isha prayers and tarawee prayers. The
men either go to the mosque or stay with their family and lead them in prayers. This goes on and on until the last ten days
of Ramadan Ramadan which we start praying at around 1am to 4 am.
Ramadan time in Nigeria is full of holiness you can feel
it in the air that there is something special about the month of Ramadan. The preaching of the words of Allah and the feeling
that you can get your aljanna by doing good deeds in the month of Ramadan.
As I have said I come from the northern part of Nigeria may
be the way Ramadan is done here differs from other parts. If you disagree with anything or you notice a mistake please don’t
hesitate to correct me.may Allah subhanna wa taala protect and guide us all amin.
Zainab Zakari Nigeria