Ramadan: NSCIA asks Muslims to look out for the new moon on Friday night

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  • Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar *

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has asked Muslims to be on the lookout for the crescent of the 2022 Ramadan on Friday, April 1st.

NSCIA spoke through a statement issued on Thursday by Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, its Director of Administration.

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Read the statement below:

 FELICITATION AND MOONSIGHTING FOR RAMADAN 1443 A.H.

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The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). “So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. present at his home), he must observe fasting that month”… (Q. Al-Baqarah 2:185)

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming 1443 AH Ramadan Fast. The Council prays that Allah spares the lives of every Muslim to participate in the ibaadah exercise and to maximize the benefits therein.

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 1443 AH immediately after sunset on Friday, April 1st, 2022, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1443 AH.

If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Saturday, 2nd April 2022 as the first day of Ramadan 1443 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Sunday, 3rd April 2022, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1443 AH.

In addition to the established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, the following members of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) can be contacted to report credible and positive sighting of the Crescent of Ramadan 1443 AH:

S/NNAMEPHONE NO.EMAIL ADDRESS  
1Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi08036121311Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com  
2Sheikh  Karibullah Kabara08035537382malamkabara@yahoo.com 
3Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory08023126335habibelilory@ymail.com 
4Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni08033574431oseni@unilorin.edu.ng wazzioseni@gmail.com 
5Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin08033140010simwaljibril@yahoo.com 
6Sheikh  Salihu Yaaqub07032558231Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com 
7Mal. Jafar Abubakar08020878075Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com 
8Alh. Abdullahi Umar08037020607waziringwandu@yahoo.com 
9Prof. J.M. Kaura08067050641Jmkaura56@yahoo.com 
10Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar08036509363 Baumar277@gmail.com 
11Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen08035740333muhammadrabiusalahudeen@gmail.com 
12Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke08035050804jentleasad@yahoo.com 
13Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje08028327463 08057752980Ganiy.agbaje@nasrda.gov.ng gagbaje@yahoo.co.uk 
14Gafar M. Kuforiji08033545208kuforijiabdulwasiu@gmail.com 
15Prof. Usman El-Nafaty08062870892elnafaty@gmail.com 
16Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu08038522693zubairusalisu@yahoo.com 
17Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku0805 7041968udukku@yahoo.com 
19Imam Manu Muhammad08036999841limaminmisau@gmail.com 
20Qadee Ahmad Bobboy08035914285adamawaemiratecouncil@yahoo.com 
21Nurudeen Asunogie08033533012hamdallah1999@yahoo.com 
22Sheikh  Bala Lau08037008805 08052426880balalaujibwisnigeria@gmail.com  
23Sheikh  Sani Yahaya Jingir08065687545ustaznasirabdulmuhyi@yahoo.com 
24Sheikh  AbdurRahman Ahmad08023141752aahmadimam@yahoo.co.uk 
25Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen08055322087crescentgroup2000@gmail.com   
26Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu08037157100sultanofsokoto@yaho.co.uk   
27Sheikh  Lukman Abdallah08052242252abuyatamaa@gmail.com 
28Sheikh  Sulaiman Gumi08033139153ssgummi@gmail.com 
29Arc. Zubairu Usman-Ugwu08033467451Zeeusman2012@gmail.com 
30Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem09096369117Donbru11@yahoo.com 
31Prof. Kamil K. Oloso08023098661kkoloso@yahoo.com 
32Malam Usman Mahmud08034540120turjajawaizu@gmail.com 
33Malam Yahaya Boyi08030413634sultanofsokoto@yahoo.co.uk  
34Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem08099370109mikailabdurraheem@gmail.com 
35Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim08027091623Nurudeen.a.o.ibrahim@gmail.com 

One of the special devotional activities in the month of Ramadan is Tafsir – which is meant to enlighten humanity, particularly Muslims, on the treasures and blessings of the Quranic messages. The Tafsir sessions therefore should be devoted to preaching inter and intra – religious harmony, peaceful co-existence, promotion of good citizenship, neighbourliness and governance.

In the same vein, the Council enjoins all Muslims to be more prayerful unto Allah, especially in this Month, (Ramadan), to help our Nation, the world in general and our leaders in particular to overcome the current   challenges confronting the nation and the world.

Furthermore, Council urges Muslims and non-Muslims alike to be vigilant and take extra security and health-measures to protect ourselves, loved ones and neighbours. Fasting brothers and sisters should ensure they have enough rest and consume sufficient fluid after each day’s fast.

Council also appeals to endowed Muslims in the country to extend acts of charity to the less privilege within their neighbourhoods before, during and after the month of Ramadan. The Council also admonishes traders to neither hoard food products, nor unduly hike the prices of consumer goods unnecessarily during the period of the fast.

The Council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the Country to be on the lookout for the announcement on the night of Friday 1st of April 2022 by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1443 AH Ramadan fast.  

We wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts all over the world happy Ramadan in advance.

Allahuma Baligna Ramadan. Amin

Signed

Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu

Director of Administration

Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs

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