- The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has asked Nigerian Muslims to look out for the new moon of Shawwal
- Muslims were urged to look for the crescent from Friday, May 22 which is equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH
- Any Muslim who sights the Shawwal crescent is requested to report to the traditional Islamic leader in any locality
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged the Muslims across Nigeria to look for the new moon of Shawwal 1441 AH from Friday, May 22, as Ramadan draws to an end.
According to Daily Trust, the president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) disclosed this on Monday, May 18, in a statement signed by Prof. Salisu Shehu, deputy secretary-general NSCIA.
According to Shehu, following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), Friday, 22nd May, which is equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH is the first day to look for the Crescent of Shawwal
He said: “However, on that day, the moon will set few minutes before the sun which makes the sighting of the crescent practically impossible.
Nonetheless, the President-General, in compliance with the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1441 AH immediately after sunset on Friday, 22nd May, 2020 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH.”
“Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the termination of this year’s Ramadan fast.
“In addition to established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the National Moon Sighting Committee who can be contacted to report credible positive sighting of the Shawwal crescent.”
The Sultan declared on Monday, April 20, that there would be no Ramadan lecture sessions and congregation prayers in Mosques during the fasting period.
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.
In other news, a young man identified as @official_mukhthar on Twitter has taken to the microblogging site to share the news of the death of an old man who achieved great feats in his religion, Islam.
Mukhthar said that the old man had re-written the entire Quran with his hands and that he has now passed on.
After Mukhthar shared the news of the man’s death, he also prayed for God to grant him the highest level of paradise. The young man also shared photos of the old man writing the Quran with ink on a scribe.
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