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Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon to end Ramadan

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Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon to end Ramadan
Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon to end Ramadan

By Ishola Balogun

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has urged Muslim across the country to look out for the new Islamic moon of Shawwal from Friday, May 22.

This was contained in a statement by its Deputy Secretary General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, on Monday in Abuja.

The Muslims umbrella body felicitated with Nigerian Muslims for observing the Ramadan of 1441 AH and prayed to almighty Allah to avail them the opportunity to p0witness another Ramadan in good health.

“Following the advice by the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) that Friday May 22, 2020 which is equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH is the first day to look for the Crescent of Shawwal, 1441 AH.

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“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 of NSCIA in compliance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) enjoins the Nigerian Muslims to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1441 AH, immediately after sunset on Friday May 22, which is equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH,” he said.

He enjoined Muslim faithful across the country to be on the lookout for possible announcement by NSCIA President General, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on the termination of the 2020 Ramadan fast.

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 Sultan said 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 are as follows:

1 Sheikh Dahir Bauchi 08036121311

2 Sheikh Karibullah Kabara 08035537382

3 Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010

4 Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231

5 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075

6 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607

7 Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641

8 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363

9 Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory 08029032575

10 Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim 08027091623

11 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333

12 Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola 08023864448 08051111063

13 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804

14 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463 08057752980

15 Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208

16 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892

17 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu 08038522693

18 Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku 0805 7041968

19 Imam Manu Muhammad 08036999841

20 Qadee Ahamad Bobboy 08035914285


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