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UNYPAD- Gensan joins moonsighting activity

By:  Gandhi Kinjiyo

MAASIM, Sarangani Province —
The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) – General Santos City (Gensan) Chapter joined the moonsighting team of General Santos City during the conduct of moonsighting activity at barangay Daliao, this town, on April 1, 2022 to determine the start of the holy month of Ramadhan.

Present in the activity were the officers and members of UNYPAD-Gensan led by Ustadz Nurrudin Monding, the chair of Dawah and Education Committee.

Sheikh Ibrahim Andang, Jr, chairman of the Gensan Muslim Relgious Advisor Council, gave a short lectures on the importance of conducting moonsighting citing that it is Sunnah or tradition of Prophet Mohammad.

The sighting of the hilal or crescent on Thursday would mark the start of Ramadhan, the month of fasting.

However the Hilal (cresent moon) was not sighted.  On the otherhand the Darrul Ifta of the Bangsamoro announced that their moonsigting teams in other parts of Mindanao have not reported any sighting of cresent moon and that the start of fasting would be on April 3, 2022.

Fasting during Ramadhan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims streghthen their connection with the Almighty through prayers, meditation, giving charity and reading the Holy Qur’an during Ramadhan.

The moonsighting activity was organized by the Gensan Muslim Religious Advisory Council, Gensan Madaris Federation, Hayatol Ulama – SarGen, Imam Council of General Santos City  together with the the City Mayor’s Office – Integrated Cultural Communities Affairs Division and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos – General Santos City Provincial Office.

The General Santos City ALIVE Teachers Association and Muslim Women of SOcSarGen also joined the undertaking.