- Nigerian Muslims have been asked to look out for the new moon which will signify the end of the Ramadan fast
- The Sultan of Sokoto prayed that the Almighty Allah accept all prayers from the Muslims as an act of Ibadah
- Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III also released contacts of members of the new moon sighting committee
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Sunday, June 2, called on all Nigerian Muslims to watch out for the new moon which signifies the end of the 2019 Ramadan fast.
The Sultan who is also the leader of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on this year’s Ramadan fast.
A statement by the council says the Sultan prays that the Almighty Allah accept all prayers from the Muslims as an act of Ibadah.
The statement said: "Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1440 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, June 3, 2019 equivalent to Ramadan 29, 1440 AH."
It also said that if the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Tuesday, June 4, 2019 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of ‘idul fitr.
However, if the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1440 AH and the day of ‘idul fitr.
"Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the termination of this year’s Ramadan fast," the statement added.
Also, the council released contacts of the already established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality which included members of the national moon sighting committee.
These members, the statement said can be contacted once the moon is sighted.
"While reminding the Ummah of the necessity of paying Zakatul-Fitri with the intention of lifting the hearts of the indigent members of the community, the Council urges all to ensure its delivery to the appropriate recipients (i.e. the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary," the statement said.
Contact of members of the national moon sighting committee:
1. Sheikh Dahir Bauchi - 08036121311 - firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Sheikh Karibullah Kabara - 08035537382 - email@example.com
3. Mallam Simwal Usman Jibrin - 08033140010 - firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub - 07032558231 - Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com
5. Mallam Jafar Abubakar - 08020878075 - Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com
6. Alhaji Abdullahi Umar - 08037020607 - email@example.com
7. Professor J.M. Kaura - 08067050641 - firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar - 08036509363 - email@example.com
9. Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory - 08029032575 - firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim - 08027091623 - email@example.com
11. Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen - 08035740333 firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola - 08023864448, 08051111063 - email@example.com sheikh@firstname.lastname@example.org
13. Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke - 08035050804 - email@example.com
14. Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje - 08028327463, 08057752980 - firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
15. Gafar M. Kuforiji - 08033545208 - firstname.lastname@example.org
16. Professor Usman El-Nafaty - 08062870892 - email@example.com
17. Mallam Ibrahim Zubairu Salisu - 08038522693 - firstname.lastname@example.org
18. Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku - 0805 7041968 - email@example.com
19. Imam Manu Muhammad - 08036999841 - firstname.lastname@example.org
20. Qadee Ahamad Bobboy 08035914285 - email@example.com
21. Professor Z. I. Oboh Oseni - 08033574431 - firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
22. Nurudeen Asunogie D. - 08033533012 - firstname.lastname@example.org
23. Sheikh Bala Lau - 08037008805, 08052426880 - email@example.com
24. Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir - 08065687545 - firstname.lastname@example.org
25. Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad - 08023141752 - email@example.com
26. Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen - 08055322087 - firstname.lastname@example.org
27. Sheikh Lukman Abdallah - 08052242252 - email@example.com
28. Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi - 08033139153 - firstname.lastname@example.org
29. Sheikh Adam Idoko - 08036759892 - email@example.com
30. Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha - 08030966956, 08026032997 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Sultan had declared Monday, May 6, as the first day of Ramadan, 1440 AH which marks the commencement of the Ramadan fast by the Muslims across the country.
Making the announcement in his palace in Sokoto, Abubakar said the commencement of the fast followed reports of sighting of the moon across various states of the federation which marked the end of the month of Shaaban 1440 AH.
Also, the secretary-general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Ishaq Oloyede had said the Sultan, who heads the council, will make a formal announcement later tonight, Sunday, May 5.
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