Ramadan: Sultan directs Muslims to look for moon from Thursday, April 23

Ramadan: Sultan directs Muslims to look for moon from Thursday, April 23

- The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has asked Nigerian Muslims to start looking for the moon of Ramadan from Thursday

- Any Muslim who sights the moon is requested to report to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan

- Meanwhile, Kano state has relaxed its COVID-19 lockdown to allow people to shop for the Ramadan fasting

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, had instructed the Muslims in Nigeria to look for the crescent moon of Ramadan 1441AH from Thursday, April 23.

Abubakar made the call in a statement signed and released by the chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Junaidu, on Wednesday, April 22.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Thursday April 23, 2020, which is equivalent to 29th day of Sha’aban 1441AH shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Ramadan 1441AH.

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“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan,” it said.

Ramadan: Sultan directs Muslims to look for moon from Thursday, April 23
Sultan directs Muslims to look for Ramadan moon from Thursday, April 23
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The statement added that the public can directly report the sighting of the crescent moon through the following telephone numbers: 08037157100, 07067416900, 08066303077, 08036149757 and 08035965322.

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Also, following the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, the Sultan had sent a message to all Muslims in Nigeria as this year Ramadan fast approaches.

The Sultan declared on Monday, April 20, that there would be no Ramadan lecture sessions and congregation prayers in Mosques during the fasting period.

Legit.ng gathered that Abubakar told Nigerian Muslims that this year’s Ramadan is one with a difference in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that everyone should pray at home.

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In another related report, the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN) has admonished all Muslims in the region to guard against any speculation about the commencement of 2020 (1441AH) Ramadan fast.

Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the executive secretary of MUSWEN, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya, stated this on Sunday, April 19, in view of alleged speculations making the rounds about the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast.

While enjoining the Muslim Ummah in the region to be grateful to Allah for sparing their lives, despite the global lockdown situation imposed on them, Professor Yahya said the Ummah had transcended an era of an unnecessary tangle over moon sighting at the commencement or completion of Ramadan fast in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kano state government had relaxed its COVID-19 lockdown order from 6am Thursday, April 23 to 12 midnight Friday, April 24.

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The Kano state government lifted the lockdown for two days in order to allow people to prepare adequately for the forthcoming Ramadan fast.

Dr Nasir Yusuf Gawuna who spoke on behalf of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the relaxation of the lockdown became necessary so as to allow people to stockpile their houses with foodstuff for the forthcoming Ramadan.

In another report, Nigerians have lauded the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for always being a source of calm. Nigerians praised the pastor while reacting to the message he gave at his virtual service this Sunday, April 19.

They stated that the man of God is always calm whenever he gives his sermons. They took to the popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter, to praise him. They noted that Adeboye was also calm while talking about the coronavirus pandemic.

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In his message, the man of God thanked health personnel and the government for the effort made during the pandemic.

He said for the future he would like to suggest that the government should include Imams and pastors in all their committees for the spiritual aspect.

The pastor said the coronavirus pandemic would recede but it would not disappear completely. He said the same happened with the flu and ebola.

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