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.
TERMINATION OF THE RAMADAN FAST OF 1433AH
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
Dr. Abdullateef Adegbite
HRH the Emir of Gwandu
HRH the Emir of Kano
HRH the Emir of Bauchi
HRH the Lamido of Adamawa Adamawa
HRH the Olukare of Ikare
HRM Timi of Ede
HRH the Emir of Katsina
HRH the Emir of Zazzau
HRH the Etsu Nupe
HRH the Emir of Ilorin
HRH the Oba of Lagos
HRH the Oba of Agbede
HRH the Emir of Wase
Chief Imam of Ibadan
Chief Imam of Osogbo
Chief Imam of Egba
HRH the Emir of Kazaure
HRH the Emir of Suleija
HRH the Emir of Anka
HRH the Emir of Damaturu
HRH the Emir of Gombe
HRH the Emir of Lafia
HRH the Emir of Nasarawa
Sheikh Haroun Ajah
Sheikh Adam Abdullahi Idoko Enugu 08036759892
Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi Bauchi 08033058201
Chief Imam of Owo
Chief Imam of Ipokia
Alhaji Dauda W. Onyegocha
Alhaji Mukail Asoquo
Dr. Khalid Abubakar (Sec-Gen., JNI) Kaduna 08034531742