The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has announced that Muslims across Nigeria should look for the new moon to mark the beginning of Ramadan 1442 A.H on Monday, April 12, 2021.
He gave the directive on Sunday in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.
In his words, he said: “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH.
“Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,”
The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.
Junaidu gave telephone numbers that could be used directly to report the sighting of the new Ramadan moon to the committee.
The numbers are 08037157100, 07067416900, 08066303077, 08036149757, 08035965322 and 08035945903.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy.
During Ramadan, Muslims around the world are obligated to fast from dawn to dusk as prescribed by Allah and Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan is one of the Pillars of Islam, it is an act of worship and generally observed by Muslims across the world in unison.