End of Ramadan 2021: Look out for Shawwal new moon – Sultan of Sokoto urges Nigerian Muslims
By Bright Agbons Posted on May 8, 2021
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has released the statement below, detailing modalities for the sighting of the new moon to signal the end of the 2021 Ramadan fast.
The statement by the NSCIA Deputy Secretary-General, Salisu Shehu, a professor, also detailed the contact telephone and email addresses of 31 top Muslim clerics across the country that should be contacted by anyone who sights the new crescent.
“In preparation for the 1442 AH ‘Idul-Fitri celebrations, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the NSCIA has advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1442 AH. If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Tuesday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would address the Press to declare Wednesday, 12 May, 2021 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of ‘idul fitr,” the statement said.
“If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Thursday, May 13, 2021 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1442 AH and the day of ‘idul fitr.
“Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.
See full statement and contact details of the personalities below:
“Do not begin the fast until you sight the (Ramadan) crescent and do not terminate fasting until you sight it (Shawwal Crescent). If the new moon is concealed from you, then work out what it should be.”
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 in Nigeria and all over the world on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan Fast, and is wishing them all Allah’s immeasurable rewards for fasting and His abundant blessings. The Council also prays that the Almighty Allah spare our lives to witness many happy returns of Ramadan on earth.
In preparation for the 1442 AH ‘Idul-Fitri celebrations, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the NSCIA has advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1442 AH. If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Tuesday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would address the Press to declare Wednesday, 12th May, 2021 as the first day of Shawwal (‘Id day). If, however, the crescent is not sighted on Tuesday night, Thursday, 13th May, 2021 automatically becomes the first of Shawwal, 1442 AH (‘Id day). A press statement to that effect would be issued on Tuesday night.
Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President-General of the NSCIA, on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.
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 Dahiru 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 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 Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem 09096369117 Donbru11@yahoo.com
27 Prof. Kamil K. Oloso 08023098661 firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Malam Usman Mahmud 08034540120 email@example.com
29 Malam Yahaya Boyi 08030413634 firstname.lastname@example.org
30 Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem 08099370109 email@example.com
31 Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu 08037157100 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 urges all to ensure its delivery to the appropriate recipients (i.e. the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.
Though Ramadan may have come to an end, the lessons in it must continue to reflect in the lives of Muslims. The Council encourages them to continue praying for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, as they keep the virtues and gains of the sacred month as a spiritual guide towards our accelerated development as individuals and a nation.
All media houses in the country are requested to kindly publicise the awaited announcement of the Moon-sighting by His Eminence, the President-General of the NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto.
‘Id Mubarak in advance!
Prof. Salisu Shehu
Deputy Secretary General
Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs