By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
As Muslims throughout the world await this year’s Ramadan fasting, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Sunday called on Muslims across Nigeria to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1442 AH fast.
According to a statement by the NSCIA Director of Administration, Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, Muslims should search for the crescent of Ramadan 1442 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, April 12, 2021, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1442 AH.
NSCIA stressed in the statement that all Muslims should be prayerful unto Allah, especially in this month, (Ramadan), to help our Nation and the world in general and our leaders in particular to be able to overcome the current C0vid-19 pandemic and the various extant and palpable security challenges.
” 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 1442 AH Ramadan fast. The announcement will be made on Monday evening.”, it said.
NSCIA in the statement charged Muslims to during the Ramadan fast, ” be vigilant and take extra security and health-measures to protect ourselves, loved ones and neighbours”, adding, ” 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, 1442 A.H.
” The Council prays that Allah spares our lives to this and many more Ramadans on the surface of the earth and give us the ability to carry out good deeds as much as possible because of the multiplicity of its virtues and the blessings of Allah in the Month. 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 Council prays that Allah spares our lives to this and many more Ramadans on the surface of the earth and give us the ability to carry out good deeds as much as possible because of the multiplicity of its virtues and the blessings of Allah in the Month.”
While tasking Muslims in Nigeria as they await the announcement for the commencement of the Ramadan fast, we should be vigilant and take extra security and health-measures to protect ourselves, loved ones and neighbours, NSCIA noted .”if the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Tuesday, April 13, 2021 as the first day of Ramadan 1442 AH”.
” If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1442 AH. At the same time, His Eminence also directs the Muslim Ummah to practice social distancing when looking out for the crescent. All Covid-19 protocols should be observed. I’tikaf should still be put on hold while strict observance of all Covid-19 protocols including avoiding lengthy or crowded sessions should be observed.
NSCIA in the statement however listed members of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) to be contacted to report credible and positive sighting of the Crescent of Ramadan as :
1Sheikh Dahir Bauchi08036121311Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com
2Sheikh Karibullah Kabara firstname.lastname@example.org
3Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin08033140010simwaljibril@yahoo.com
4Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com
5Mal. Jafar Abubakar08020878075Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com
6Alh. Abdullahi Umar08037020607waziringwandu@yahoo.com
7Prof. J.M. Kaura08067050641Jmkaura56@yahoo.com
8Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363 Baumar277@gmail.com
9Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen08035740333muhammadrabiusalahudeen@gmail.com
10Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke08035050804jentleasad@yahoo.com
11Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje0802832746308057752980Ganiy.email@example.com@yahoo.co.uk
12Gafar M. Kuforiji firstname.lastname@example.org
13Prof. Usman El-Nafaty08062870892elnafaty@gmail.com
14Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu08038522693zubairusalisu@yahoo.com
15Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku0805 7041968 email@example.com
16Imam ManuMuhammad08036999841 firstname.lastname@example.org
17Qadee Ahamad Bobboy08035914285adamawaemiratecouncil@yahoo.com
18Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni08033574431oseni@email@example.com
19Nurudeen Asunogie D.firstname.lastname@example.org
20Sheikh Bala Lau0803700880508052426880balalaujibwisnigeria@gmail.com
21Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir08065687545ustaznasirabdulmuhyi@yahoo.com
22Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad08023141752aahmadimam@yahoo.co.uk
23Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen08055322087crescentgroup2000@gmail.com
24Sheikh Lukman Abdallah08052242252abuyatamaa@gmail.com
25Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi08033139153ssgummi@gmail.com
26Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892 email@example.com
27Alh. Yusuf Nwoha0803096695608026032997yusufnwoha@gmail.com
28Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem09096369117Donbru11@yahoo.com
29Prof. Kamil K. Oloso08023098661kkoloso@yahoo.com
30Malam Usman Mahmud08034540120turjajawaizu@gmail.com
31Malam Yahaya Boyi08030413634sultanofsokoto@yahoo.co.uk
32Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem08099370109mikailabdurraheem@gmail.com
33Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu08037157100sultanofsokoto@yaho.co.uk