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General News of Thursday, 14 January 1999

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Muslim to complete fasting on Monday

Accra (Greater Accra), 14 Jan. '99 - The Muslim Ramadhan fast which is being observed by Muslims throughout the country is to end at sunset on Monday, January 18. The fast, which takes 30 days to complete, began in Ghana on Sunday, December 20, 1998. A statement issued in Accra yesterday by the National Hilal Committee said the committee on the authority of the national Chief Imam and the Ameer and Missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission has declared Sunday for the search for the new moon ( Crescent) of Shawal in Ghana. The statement said if the crescent is sighted on Sunday, January 17, then Monday, January 18, shall be Eid-ul-fitr day. If , however, the crescent is not sighted on Sunday, then Monday should be reckoned as the 30th day of Ramadhan in which case, Tuesday, January 19, shall be the day for Eid-Ul-Fitr in Ghana, it added.