- Muslims have been directed to watch out for new moon
- The call was made by the Sultan of Sokoto on Friday, October 16
- They were consequently directed to report any sighting to the nearest District or Village Head
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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the new moon of Rabi’ al-awwal 1442AH from Saturday, October 17.
Abubakar made the call in a statement on Friday signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.
“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Saturday, Oct. 17, which is equivalent to 29th day of Safar 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Rabi’ al-awwal 1442AH.
“Muslim are therefore requested to start looking for the new moon on Saturday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan."
The Sultan prayed for all Muslim, for Allah’s help in the discharge of their religious duty.
According to the wikipedia, the name Rabī’ al-awwal means “the first month or beginning of spring”, referring to its position in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar.
During this month, many Muslims celebrate Mawlid – the birthday of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that an Islamic non-governmental organisation, Faith Unites Muslims Charity Initiatives (FUMCI) has called for entries from suitable candidates for the sixth edition of its annual age-grade competition.
Legit.ng reports that this year's competition was tagged FUMCI Children's award for excellence in Quran and Hadith recitation and Islamic practice 2020.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, the Amir (president) of the organisation, Ustadh Abd-Muiz Zubayr, said the age-grade competition was conceived in 2015 to sharpen the minds and broaden the understanding of Muslim children between ages 7 and 14 in Qur’an and Hadith recitation and also to enhance their practice of Islam.
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