Ramadan: NSCIA urges muslims to begin search for new moon

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The President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan immediately after Sunday, March 10, 2024.

The date is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1445 AH.

The call followed the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee, NMSC and the announcement was made in a statement by the Deputy Secretary General of the NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu, on Friday.

“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Monday, 11th March 2024 as the first day of Ramadan 1445 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Tuesday, 12th March 2024, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1445 AH,” the statement reads in part.

The NSCIA also gave the names and contact details of those to be reached upon sighting of the moon.

The full statement reads:

FELICITATION AND MOONSIGHTING FOR RAMADAN 1445 A.H.

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 the entire Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming 1445 AH Ramadan Fast. The Council prays that Allah spare 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 1445 AH immediately after sunset on Sunday, 10th March 2024 which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1445 AH.

If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Monday, 11th March 2024 as the first day of Ramadan 1445 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Tuesday, 12th March 2024, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1445 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 1445 AH:

S/N

NAME

PHONE NO.

EMAIL ADDRESS

1

Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi

08036121311

Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com

2

Sheikh Karibullah Kabara

08035537382

malamkabara@yahoo.com

3

Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory

08023126335

habibelilory@ymail.com

4

Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni

08033574431

oseni@unilorin.edu.ng

wazzioseni@gmail.com

5

Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin

08033140010

simwaljibril@yahoo.com

6

Sheikh Salihu Yakub

07032558231

Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com

7

Mal. Jafar Abubakar

08020878075

Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com

8

Alh. Abdullahi Umar

(Wazirin Gwandu)

08037020607

waziringwandu@yahoo.com

9

Prof. J. M. Kaura

08067050641

Jmkaura56@yahoo.com

10

Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar

08036509363 

Baumar277@gmail.com

11

Ustaz Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen

08035740333

muhammadrabiusalahudeen@gmail.com

12

Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke

08035050804

jentleasad@yahoo.com

13

Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje

08028327463

gagbaje@yahoo.co.uk

14

Gafar M. Kuforiji

08033545208

kuforijiabdulwasiu@gmail.com

15

Prof. Usman El-Nafaty

08062870892

elnafaty@gmail.com

16

Mal. Salihu B.  Zubairu

08038522693

zubairusalisu@yahoo.com

17

Imam Manu

Muhammad

08036999841

limaminmisau@gmail.com

18

Qadee Ahmad Bobboy

08035914285

adamawaemiratecouncil@yahoo.com

19

Ustaz Nurudeen Asunogie

08033533012

hamdallah1999@yahoo.com

20

Sheikh Bala Lau

08037008805

balalaujibwisnigeria@gmail.com 

21

Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir

08065687545

ustaznasirabdulmuhyi@yahoo.com

22

Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad

08023141752

aahmadimam@yahoo.co.uk

23

Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen

08055322087

crescentgroup2000@gmail.com  

24

Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu (Wazirin Sokoto)

08037157100

sultanofsokoto@yaho.co.uk

25

Sheikh Lukman Imam Abdullahi

08052242252

abuyatamaa@gmail.com

26

Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi

08033139153

ssgummi@gmail.com

27

Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem

09096369117

Donbru11@yahoo.com

28

Prof. Kamil K. Oloso

08023098661

kkoloso@yahoo.com

29

Malam Usman Mahmud

08034540120

turjajawaizu@gmail.com

30

Malam Yahaya Boyi

(Sarkin Malamai Sokoto)

08030413634

sultanofsokoto@yahoo.co.uk 

31

Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem

08099370109

mikailabdurraheem@gmail.com

32

Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim

08027091623

Nurudeen.a.o.ibrahim@gmail.com

In the face of the current economic hardship, Council appeals to endowed Muslims in the country to extend acts of charity to the less privileged 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 during the period of the fast.

We urge the Muslims to take advantage of the holy month of Ramadan to pray that Allah grant the Palestinians His divine support and liberate them from their oppressors.

The Council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the Country to be on the lookout for the Ramadan crescent on the night of Sunday 10th of March 2024 and await the official announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1445 AH Ramadan fast. 

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

Allahuma Baligna Ramadan. Amin

Signed

Prof. Salisu Shehu

Deputy Secretary General

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