The President-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has directed Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.
The Sultan of Sokoto gave the directive in a statement released by Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, NSCIA’s Director of Administration.
The statement reads in full:
FELICITATION AND MOONSIGHTING FOR RAMADAN 1442 AH
“The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). “So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. present at his home), he must observe fasting that month”… (Q. Al-Baqarah 2:185)
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming Ramadan, 1442 A.H. The Council prays that Allah spares our lives to this and many more Ramadans on the surface of the earth and give us the ability to carry out good deeds as much as possible because of the multiplicity of its virtues and the blessings of Allah in the Month.
In the same vein, the Council enjoins all Muslims to be prayerful unto Allah, especially in this Month, (Ramadan), to help our Nation and the world in general and our leaders in particular to be able to overcome the current C0vid-19 pandemic and the various extant and palpable security challenges.
Also, Council wishes to advise Muslims in the country that as they await the announcement for the commencement of the Ramadan fast, we should be vigilant and take extra security and health measures to protect ourselves, loved ones and neighbours.
Consequent to the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1442 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, April 12, 2021, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1442 AH.
If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Tuesday, April 13, 2021 as the first day of Ramadan 1442 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1442 AH. At the same time, His Eminence also directs the Muslim Ummah to practice social distancing when looking out for the crescent. All Covid-19 protocols should be observed. I’tikaf should still be put on hold while strict observance of all Covid-19 protocols including avoiding lengthy or crowded sessions should be observed.
The Council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the Country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1442 AH Ramadan fast. The announcement will be made on Monday evening.
In addition to the established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, the following members of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) can be contacted to report credible and positive sighting of the Crescent of Ramadan.
1. Sheikh Dahir Bauchi
2. Sheikh Karibullah Kabara
3. Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin
4. Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub
5. Mal. Jafar Abubakar
6. Alh. Abdullahi Umar
7. Prof. J.M. Kaura
8. Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar
9. Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen
10. Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke
11. Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje
12. Gafar M. Kuforiji
13. Prof. Usman El-Nafaty
14. Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu
15. Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku
16. Imam Manu
17. Qadee Ahamad Bobboy
18. Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni
19. Nurudeen Asunogie D.
20. Sheikh Bala Lau
21. Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir
22. Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad
23. Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen
24. Sheikh Lukman Abdallah
25. Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi
26. Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem
27. Prof. Kamil K. Oloso
28. Malam Usman Mahmud
29. Malam Yahaya Boyi
30. Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem
31. Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu
We wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts all over the world happy Ramadan in advance.
Allahumma Balligna Ramadan! Amin
Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu
Director of Administration
Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs