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General News of Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Look out for crescent moon from Friday - Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar has told Muslims in Nigeria to look out for the crescent moon from Friday which will mark the end of this year's Ramadan fasting period.

Muslims faithfuls are also advised to await the announcement from the Sultan of Sokoto on the termination of this year's Ramadan fasting period.

The Sultan of Sokoto made this known in a statement issued by Professor Salisu Shehu, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

He said, “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 1441 AH Ramadan Fast. The Council prays that the Almighty Allah grant us the opportunity to witness more of it on earth. Amin.

“Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), Friday, 22nd May, 2020 (G) which is equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH is the first day to look for the Crescent of Shawwal, 1441 AH. However, on that day, the moon will set few minutes before the sun which makes the sighting of the crescent practically impossible.

“Nonetheless, the President-General, in compliance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1441 AH immediately after sunset on Friday, 22nd May, 2020 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH.

“Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the termination of this year’s Ramadan fast.

“In addition to established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the National Moon Sighting Committee who can be contacted to report credible positive sighting of the Shawwal crescent.”

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