Sultan to Muslims: Look for Ramadan moon today
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Muslims across the country to look for this year’s Ramadan crescent after sunset today.
The Director of Administration of the council, Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, said this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja.
He said, “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 1443 AH immediately after sunset on Friday, April 1st, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1443 AH.
“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Saturday, 2nd April as the first day of Ramadan 1443 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Sunday, 3rd April, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1443 AH.”
The council urged Muslims to contact the established and traditional Islamic leaders in their locality, and members of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) to report credible and positive sighting of the Crescent of Ramadan 1443 AH.
He said one of the special devotional activities in the month of Ramadan is Tafsir, which is meant to enlighten humanity, particularly Muslims, on the treasures and blessings of the Quranic messages.
“The Tafsir sessions therefore should be devoted to preaching inter and intra–religious harmony, peaceful co-existence, promotion of good citizenship, neighbourliness and governance.
“In the same vein, the council enjoins all Muslims to be more prayerful unto Allah, especially in this month (Ramadan) to help our nation, the world in general and our leaders in particular to overcome the current challenges confronting the nation and the world.
“The council also admonishes traders to neither hoard food products, nor unduly hike the prices of consumer goods during the period of the fast,” he added.