The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has ordered Muslims in the nation to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1441 AH following sunset on Thursday, April 23, 2020, which is proportional to 29th Sha’aban 1441 AH.
The chamber enjoins all Muslims to be pious unto Allah, especially in the Month (Ramadan), to support our country and the world as a rule and our leaders, specifically, to have the option to beat the current COVID-19 pandemic.
It felicitates with the whole Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of the approaching Ramadan, 1441 A.H.
The board in a statement made accessible to DAILY POST by Professor Salisu Shehu, Deputy Secretary-General NSCIA prays that Allah spares our lives to this and a lot more Ramadans on the surface of the earth and enable us to complete great deeds as much as possible because of the variety of its virtues and the blessings of Allah in the Month.
The gathering noticed that if the moon is sighted on Thursday, Ramadan fast would begin on Friday yet on the off chance that not, at that point Ramadan fast would start on Saturday.
“Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1441 AH immediately after sunset on Thursday, April 23, 2020, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1441 AH.
“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Friday, April 24, 2020, as the first day of Ramadan 1441 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Saturday, April 25, 2020, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1441 AH.
“At the same time, His Eminence also directs the Muslim Ummah to practice social distancing when looking out for the crescent and specifically advises that people should look for the crescent at their residences without going out in groups.
“The Council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the Country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1441 AH Ramadan fast.
“We wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts all over the world happy Ramadan in advance”.