The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saâ€™ad Abubakar III, has directed Muslims in the country to commence the Ramadan on Saturday, Aug. 22, which is equivalent to First Ramadan 1430 A.H.
The Sultan gave the directive in his palace in Sokoto on Thursday, during a special broadcast.
According to the Sultan, the directive is sequel to the non sighting of the new moon of Ramadan on Thursday, across Nigeria.
“However, after all the necessary consultations with Emirs and Islamic leaders across the country, it was established that the new moon of Ramadan was not sighted anywhere in Nigeria today.
“Therefore, the month of ShaÃ¡ban will complete its 30 days circle tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 21, 2009,” the monarch added.
According to the sultan, “consequent upon this, Saturday, 22nd Aug. 2009 becomes the first day of Ramadan 1430 AHâ€.
He implored the Muslim Ummah to be devoted to Ibada (worship) throughout the Holy Month.
“Pray fervently for the blessings of Allah, as well as the peace and stability of our great nation and the Islamic countries of the world in general,” the Sultan urged.
NAN recalls that, Alhaji Aminu Danmallam, the Director of Administration in the Sokoto Sultanate Council, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, urged the Muslim Ummah to look out for the new moon of ShaÃ¡ban on Thursday, Aug. 20.