Ramadan: Sultan asks Muslims to look out for new moon Friday

Crescent moon
Crescent moon


Muslims may conclude their fast on Friday or Saturday

By Sani Tukur

The Sultan of Sokoto and the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims, Abubakar Sa’ad, has called on Muslims to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Friday, July 17.

The announcement was made in statement signed by Abdullateef Adegbite, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA.

The statement also contains phone numbers of those to be contacted if anyone sites the new moon.

Muslims use the sighting of the new moon to commence Ramadan and also to end it. Should the moon not be sighted on Friday, the Ramadan fast would extend to Saturday.

Already, the Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, next week, as public holidays for the Eid-el Fitri festival marking the end of Ramadan.

The Sultan’s statement is hereby reproduced in full below.


Prophet Muhammad (SAW) instructed the Muslims, saying: “Do not fast unless you see the Crescent (of the month of Ramadan) and do not give up fasting till you see the Crescent (of the month of Shawwal).  But if the sky is overcast, count thirty (30) days of Sha’aban or of Ramadan as the case may be” (Narrated by Abdullahi Bin Umar)

Therefore in accordance with this Prophetic Tradition, Friday August 17, being the 29th day of Ramadan 1433AH, Members of the National and State Moon-Sighting Committees as well as other Nigerian Muslims should look for the new Crescent of Shawwal month. If the moon is sighted on that day, the under-listed Leaders should be communicated immediately:

His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto               Sokoto                        08036470422
HRH the Shehu of Borno                               Borno                          08037855555, 08023549558
Dr. Abdullateef Adegbite                               Abeokuta                    08034020350
HRH the Emir of Gwandu                             Kebbi                          08036154369
HRH the Emir of Kano                                  Kano                                       064-631114      , 633769
HRH the Emir of Bauchi                                Bauchi                                    077-542801      , 543036
HRH the Lamido of Adamawa                      Adamawa                               075-634449      , 634822
HRH the Olukare of Ikare                              Ondo                           08058014860
HRM Timi of Ede                                           Osun                            08037740390
HRH the Emir of Katsina                               Katsina
HRH the Emir of Zazzau                                Kaduna                                   069-332002
HRH the Etsu Nupe                                       Niger                           08039668707
HRH the Emir of Ilorin                                  Kwara                         031-2213218
HRH the Oba of Lagos                                  Lagos                                      01-7767802
HRH the Oba of Agbede                               Edo                                         052-250153
HRH the Emir of Wase                                  Plateau                        08037042555
Chief Imam of Ibadan                                    Ibadan                         08062609601
Chief Imam of Osogbo                                   Osun                            08035740333
Chief Imam of Egba                                       Abeokuta                    08035028763
HRH the Emir of Kazaure                              Jigawa                         08098121000, 08026806971
HRH the Emir of Suleija                                Suleija                         08037006034
HRH the Emir of Anka                                  Zamfara                       063-36458
HRH the Emir of Damaturu                           Yobe                           08088870415
HRH the Emir of Gombe                               Gombe                         
HRH the Emir of Lafia                                   Nasarawa                    08036140098
HRH the Emir of Nasarawa                           Nasarawa                    08065115151
Sheikh Haroun Ajah                                       Ebonyi                         08033397491, 08053152722
Sheikh Adam Abdullahi Idoko                      Enugu                          08036759892
Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi                         Bauchi                         08033058201
Chief Imam of Owo                                       Ondo                           08063104919
Chief Imam of Ipokia                                     Ogun                           08033827971                   
Alhaji Dauda W. Onyegocha                         Owerri                         08063828218
Alhaji Mukail Asoquo                                    C/River                        08037122258
NSCIA Secretariat                                          Abuja                          08036231533 / 0803540120
Dr. Khalid Abubakar (Sec-Gen., JNI)            Kaduna                       08034531742


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