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,in a statement signed by Deputy Secretary-General, NSCIA,Prof. Salisu Shehu has felicitated with the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on the 1441 AH Ramadan Fast.
The Council prayed that the Almighty Allah grant Muslims the opportunity to witness more of it on earth. Amin.
۞يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْأَهِلَّةِۖ قُلْ هِيَ مَوَاقِيتُ لِلنَّاسِ وَالْحَجَّ
“They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the new moons. Say, “They are measurements of time for the people and for Hajj.”(Al-Baqarah 2: 189)
هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ الشَّمْسَ ضِيَاءً وَالْقَمَرَ نُورًا وَقَدَّرَهُ مَنَازِلَ لِتَعْلَمُوا عَدَدَ السِّنِينَ وَالْحِسَابَۚ
“It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases – that you may know the number of years and account [of time].” (Yunus 10:5)
وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ وَالشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُۚ لَا تَسْجُدُوا لِلشَّمْسِ وَلَا لِلْقَمَرِ وَاسْجُدُوا لِلَّهِ الَّذِي خَلَقَهُنَّ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ
“And of His signs are the night and day and the sun and moon. Do not prostrate to the sun or to the moon, but prostate to Allah, who created them, if it should be Him that you worship.” (Fusilat 41:37)
Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), Friday, 22nd May, 2020(G) which is equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH is the first day to look for the Crescent of Shawwal, 1441 AH.
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, in compliance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), enjoined the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1441 AH immediately after sunset on Friday, 22nd May, 2020 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH.
Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the termination of this year’s Ramadan fast.
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
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.Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory
10.Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim
11.Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen
12.Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola
13.Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke
14.Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje
15.Gafar M. Kuforiji
16.Prof. Usman El-Nafaty
17.Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu
18.Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku
20.Qadee Ahamad Bobboy
21.Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni
22.Nurudeen Asunogie D.
23.Sheikh Bala Lau
24.Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir
25.Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad
26.Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen
27.Sheikh Lukman Abdallah
28.Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi
29.Sheikh Adam Idoko
30.Alh. Yusuf Nwoha
31.Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem
32.Prof. Kamil K. Oloso
33.Malam Usman Mahmud
34.Malam Yahaya Boyi
35.Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem
36.Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu
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 urged all to ensure its delivery to the appropriate recipients (i.e. the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.
NSCIA further requested all media houses in the country are to kindly publicise the awaited announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto
‘Id Mubarak in advance!