Ramadan : Sultan asks Muslims to look out for the crescent on Monday

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) , Alhaji  Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has asked  the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1442 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, April 12, 2021, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1442 AH.

The call was contained in a statement released on Sunday by Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, Director of Administration of the NSCIA.

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“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Tuesday, April 13, 2021 as the first day of Ramadan 1442 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1442 AH, ”  the statement added.

Read the full statement below:

FELICITATION AND MOONSIGHTING FOR RAMADAN 1442 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. AlBaqarah 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 Ramadan,
1442 A.H. The Council prays that Allah spares our lives to this and many
more Ramadans on the surface of the earth and give us the ability to carry
out good deeds as much as possible because of the multiplicity of its
virtues and the blessings of Allah in the Month.

 

In the same vein, the Council enjoins all Muslims to be prayerful unto Allah,
especially in this Month, (Ramadan), to help our Nation and the world in
general and our leaders in particular to be able to overcome the current
C0vid-19 pandemic and the various extant and palpable security
challenges.

 

Also, Council wishes to advise Muslims in the country that as they await the
announcement for the commencement of the Ramadan fast, we should be
vigilant and take extra security and health-measures to protect ourselves,
loved ones and neighbours. 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 1442 AH immediately after sunset on
Monday, April 12, 2021, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1442 AH.

 

If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said
evening, then His Eminence would declare Tuesday, April 13, 2021 as the
first day of Ramadan 1442 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that
day, then, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, automatically becomes the first of
Ramadan, 1442 AH. At the same time, His Eminence also directs the
Muslim Ummah to practice social distancing when looking out for the
crescent. All Covid-19 protocols should be observed. I’tikaf should still be
put on hold while strict observance of all Covid-19 protocols including
avoiding lengthy or crowded sessions should be observed.

 

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 1442 AH Ramadan fast. The
announcement will be made on Monday evening.

 

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.

 

S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Sheikh Dahir Bauchi 08036121311 Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com
2 Sheikh Karibullah
Kabara
08035537382 malamkabara@yahoo.com
3 Mal. Simwal Usman
Jibrin
08033140010 simwaljibril@yahoo.com
4 Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231 Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com
5 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075 Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com
6 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607 waziringwandu@yahoo.com
7 Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641 Jmkaura56@yahoo.com
8 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363 Baumar277@gmail.com9 Muhammad Rabiu
Salahudeen
08035740333 muhammadrabiusalahudeen@gmail.c
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10 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed
Mayaleke
08035050804 jentleasad@yahoo.com
11 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463
08057752980
Ganiy.agbaje@nasrda.gov.ng
gagbaje@yahoo.co.uk
12 Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208 kuforijiabdulwasiu@gmail.com
13 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892 elnafaty@gmail.com
14 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu
08038522693 zubairusalisu@yahoo.com
15 Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku
0805 7041968 udukku@yahoo.com
16 Imam Manu Muhammad
08036999841 limaminmisau@gmail.com
17 Qadee Ahamad Bobboy
08035914285 adamawaemiratecouncil@yahoo.com
18 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431 oseni@unilorin.edu.ng
wazzioseni@gmail.com
19 Nurudeen Asunogie D. 08033533012 hamdallah1999@yahoo.com
20 Sheikh Bala Lau 08037008805
08052426880
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 Sheikh Lukman Abdallah
08052242252 abuyatamaa@gmail.com
25 Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi
08033139153 ssgummi@gmail.com
26 Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892 imamidoko@gmail.com
27 Alh. Yusuf Nwoha 08030966956
08026032997
yusufnwoha@gmail.com28 Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem
09096369117 Donbru11@yahoo.com
29 Prof. Kamil K. Oloso 08023098661 kkoloso@yahoo.com
30 Malam Usman Mahmud
08034540120 turjajawaizu@gmail.com
31 Malam Yahaya Boyi 08030413634 sultanofsokoto@yahoo.co.uk
32 Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem
08099370109 mikailabdurraheem@gmail.com
33 Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu
08037157100 sultanofsokoto@yaho.co.uk

 

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

 

Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu
Director of Administration
Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs

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