CALOOCAN CITY, April 13 (PIA) -- The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) - Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs (BMCA), headed by Director Laman Piang, CESO II, in cooperation with all the NCMF regional and field offices' committees, announced that the start of Ramadan is set today, April 13, 2021, Tuesday.
This, following their moonsighting activity first held on Sunday, April 11, in multiple locations nationwide.
All the moonsighting teams led by the NCMF reported that no moon was sighted by their respective members, which includes NCMF officials, employees and volunteer ulamas and Muslim leaders.
The NCR Team was joined by NCMF Commissioner and Yes for Peace - Bayanihan ng Bayan Secretary General Yusoph Mando.
Commissioner Mando thanked Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso for the accommodation provided at the Rajah Sulayman Park.
The NCMF official, likewise thanked the Manila City Government and the Manila Muslim Affairs, as well as the Smart Police for their assistance during the moonsighting event.
The Bangsamoro Darul Ifta had likewise announced that no moon was sighted.
The BMCA monitored all teams via Zoom with the supervision of Commissioner Jamal S. Munib for the Ulamah Sector.
"Therefore, the start of Ramadan will set today, April 13, 2021, Tuesday," the NCMF BMCA said.
The entire NCMF and Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan called on all to be one with the Muslim ummah in celebrating this joyous event.
"Let us all welcome the Holy Month with hope in our hearts, and faith in Allah swt with every word and action. Advance Ramadan Mubarak to all!" Pangarungan said.
Meanwhile, health experts and community groups warned it's not completely safe to share suhoor, iftar and taraweeh with friends and family amid the coronavirus pandemic.
They urged followers to mark Ramadan with caution and strictly observe minimum health protocols and social distancing due to the threat of COVID-19.
To recall, Ramadan is regarded as the most special month of the year for Muslims, as it was the month in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr, one of the last ten nights of Ramadan. The annual observance of Ramadan is considered one of the "Five Pillars of Islam" of the faith. (PIA NCR)