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, felicitated with the entire Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming Ramadan, 1441 A.H.
The Council in a statement signed by Prof. Salisu Shehu,Deputy Secretary-General,Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs prayed that Allah spare lives of all Muslims to witness 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 enjoined all Muslims to be prayerful unto Allah, especially in the Month (Ramadan), to help our Nation and the world in general and our leaders in particular to be able to overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1441 AH immediately after sunset on Thursday, April 23, 2020, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1441 AH.
If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Friday, April 24, 2020 as the first day of Ramadan 1441 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Saturday, April 25, 2020 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1441 AH.
At the same time, His Eminence also directed the Muslim Ummah to practice social distancing when looking out for the crescent and specifically advicsed that people should look for the crescent at their residences without going out in groups.
The Council further urged 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 1441 AH Ramadan fast.
In addition to the established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the (NMSC) who can be contacted to report credible positive sighting of the Ramadan crescent are as follows:
S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Sheikh Dahir Bauchi 08036121311 Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com
2 Sheikh Karibullah Kabara 08035537382 firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010 email@example.com
4 Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231 Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com
5 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075 Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com
6 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607 firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641 Jmkaura56@yahoo.com
8 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363 Baumar277@gmail.com
9 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333 email@example.com
10 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804 firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463
12 Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208 email@example.com
13 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892 firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu 08038522693 email@example.com
15 Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku 0805 7041968 firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Imam Manu
Muhammad 08036999841 email@example.com
17 Qadee Ahamad Bobboy 08035914285 firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431 email@example.com
19 Nurudeen Asunogie D. 08033533012 firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Sheikh Bala Lau 08037008805
21 Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir 08065687545 email@example.com
22 Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad 08023141752 firstname.lastname@example.org
23 Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen 08055322087 email@example.com
24 Sheikh Lukman Abdallah 08052242252 firstname.lastname@example.org
25 Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi 08033139153 email@example.com
26 Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892 firstname.lastname@example.org
27 Alh. Yusuf Nwoha 08030966956
28 Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem 09096369117 Donbru11@yahoo.com
29 Prof. Kamil K. Oloso 08023098661 email@example.com
30 Malam Usman Mahmud 08034540120 firstname.lastname@example.org
31 Malam Yahaya Boyi 08030413634 email@example.com
32 Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem 08099370109 firstname.lastname@example.org
33 Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu 08037157100 email@example.com
“We wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts all over the world happy Ramadan in advance.
Allahuma Baligna Ramadan! Amin” the statement read.