Moon-sighting: Ramadan may begin on Thursday

Indications emerged on Tuesday that the yearly Ramadan fast observed by Muslims may begin on Thursday May 17, 2018.

Deputy Secretary-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Salisu Shehu, said in a statement that the fast would begin on Thursday if Muslims sight the moon on Wednesday night.

He urged Muslims to look out for the moon and begin the fast immediately.

The statement reads: “The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. present at his home), he must observe fasting that month… (Q. Al-Baqarah 2:185). 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 on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming Ramadan, 1439 A.H. The Council prays that Allah grant the Ummah the opportunity to maximise the benefits and blessings of the Holy Month. Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1439 AH. If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Thursday, 17th May, 2017 as the first day of Ramadan. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Friday, 18th May, 2018 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1439 AH. The Council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the Country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1439 AH Ramadan fast. In addition to the established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the (NMSC) who can be contacted for information and clarification are as follows: S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL 1 Sheikh Tahir Bauchi 08032103733 08033058201 [email protected] [email protected] 2 Sheikh Karibullah Kabara 08035537382 3 Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010 [email protected] 4 Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231 [email protected] 5 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075 [email protected] 6 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607 [email protected] 7 Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641 [email protected] 8 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363 [email protected] 9 Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory 08023126335 [email protected] 10 Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere 08033881335 [email protected] 11 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333 [email protected] 12 Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola 08023864448 08051111063 [email protected] [email protected] 13 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804 [email protected] 14 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463 08057752980 [email protected] [email protected] 15 Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208 [email protected] 16 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892 [email protected] 17 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salisu 08038522693 [email protected] 18 Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku 0805 704 1968 [email protected] 19 Imam Manu Muhammad 08036999841 [email protected] 20 Chief Imam of Yola Central Mosque 08035914285 21 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431 [email protected] [email protected] 22 Nurudeen Asunogie D. 08033533012 [email protected] 23 Sheikh Bala Lau 08037008805 08052426880 balalaujib[email protected] 24 Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir 08065687545 25 Muhammad Nasir AbdulMuhyi 08065687545 08024333381 [email protected] 26 Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad 08023141752 [email protected] 27 Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen 07032558231 [email protected] 28 Sheikh Lukman Abdallah 08037861132 29 Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi 08033139153 [email protected] 30 Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892 [email protected] 31 Alh. Yusuf Nwoha 08030966956 08026032997 [email protected] We wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts all over the world happy Ramadan in advance. Allahuma Baligna Ramadan! Amin.”