Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ramadan begins today

Ramadan begins today

The holy month of Ramadan begins today (Friday) in the country as the National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision in a meeting Wednesday after reviewing reports on moon sighting. Ramadan, also known as Ramzan, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayers, fasting, giving to charity and religious devotion. BSS adds: President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday greeted the countrymen and all Muslims across the world on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. In separate messages on the eve of the fasting month, they prayed for the welfare of the country and the Muslim Ummah. President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said the holy month of Ramadan is the month of self-restraint, self-rectification and obtaining forgiveness. It brings a unique opportunity of getting closer to Allah and attaining peace and forgiveness, he added. "As Ramadan is the month of Rahmat (mercy), Barkat (blessing), Magfirat (forgiveness) and Najat (salvation), it brings a unique opportunity of getting closer to Allah, attaining peace and forbearance," the President added. In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Ramadan is the month of self-restraint, compassion and forgiveness. This month is for purification of souls through sacrifices and it creates the scopes for getting closer to Allah, she added. She called upon all to be inspired with the teachings of the holy month of Ramadan and establish peace, amity and fraternity in personal and social lives, shunning luxury, malice, violence and conflicts. "Let us help each other to establish peace by shunning all ills," she said and called for maintaining sanctity of the Ramadan by exhibiting the sense of proportion, patience and restraint in all spheres. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday greeted the country's people on the occasion of Ramadan and sought their blessings for her. The BNP chief asked her lawyers to convey her greetings to people as they met her at Old Dhaka Central Jail in the afternoon. Four lawyers-Khandker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, Sanaullah Miah and Masud Ahmed Talukder-went to the jail around 4pm and had an hour-long discussion with Khaleda over legal issues. Coming out of the jail, Mahbub Hossain said they had elaborate discussions with Khaleda over the cases she was shown arrested. "As the Ramadan begins today (Friday) Madam (Khaleda) greeted people on the occasion, and urged all to pray for her," he said. The lawyer said Khaleda is seriously ill and she is suffering from severe pains due to arthritis. "She's not given proper treatment." Masud Ahmed said the BNP chief was shown arrested in six cases though the Supreme Court upheld the High Court's bail granted to Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was convicted and sent to jail. On Wednesday, the Appellate Division upheld the High Court's bail in the case. On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

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