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The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has released the statement below, detailing modalities for the sighting of the new moon to signal the end of this year’s Ramadan fast.

The statement also detailed the contact telephone and email addresses of 31 personalities across the country that should be contacted by anyone who sights the new crescent.

“Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Thursday, 14th June, 2018 equivalent to 29th Ramadan 1439 AH,” the statement said.

“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Friday, 15th June, 2018 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of ‘idul fitr. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Saturday, 16th June, 2018 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1439 AH and the day of ‘idul fitr.

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

See full statement and contact details of the personalities below

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 this year’s Ramadan Fast. The Council prays that Allah the Almighty accepts it from us as an act of Ibadah. Amin.

Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Thursday, 14th June, 2018 equivalent to 29th Ramadan 1439 AH.

If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Friday, 15th June, 2018 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of ‘idul fitr. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Saturday, 16th June, 2018 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1439 AH and the day of ‘idul fitr.

Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of 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 for information and clarification are:

S/NNAMEPHONE NO.E-MAIL
1Sheikh Tahir Bauchi0803210373308033058201[email protected]@gmail.com
2Sheikh KaribullahKabara08035537382
3Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin08033140010[email protected]
4Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub07032558231[email protected]
5Mal. Jafar Abubakar08020878075[email protected]
6Alh. Abdullahi Umar08037020607[email protected]
7Prof. J.M. Kaura08067050641[email protected]
8Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar08036509363[email protected]
9Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory08023126335[email protected]
10Sheikh JamiuKewulere08033881335[email protected]
11Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen08035740333[email protected]
12Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola0802386444808051111063[email protected]@[email protected]
13Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke08035050804[email protected]
14Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje0802832746308057752980[email protected]@yahoo.co.uk
15Gafar M. Kuforiji08033545208[email protected]
16Prof. Usman El-Nafaty08062870892[email protected]
17Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salisu08038522693[email protected]
18Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku0805 704 1968[email protected]
19Imam ManuMuhammad08036999841[email protected]
20Chief Imam of Yola Central Mosque08035914285
21Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni08033574431[email protected]@gmail.com
22NurudeenAsunogie D.08033533012[email protected]
23Sheikh Bala Lau0803700880508052426880[email protected]
24Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir08065687545
25Muhammad Nasir AbdulMuhyi0806568754508024333381[email protected]
26Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad08023141752[email protected]
27Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen07032558231[email protected]
28Sheikh Lukman Abdallah08037861132
29Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi08033139153[email protected]
30Sheikh Adam Idoko08036759892[email protected]
31Alh. Yusuf Nwoha0803096695608026032997[email protected]

While reminding the Ummah of the necessity of paying Zakatul-Fitri with the intention of lifting the hearts of the indigent members of the community, the Council urges all to ensure its delivery to the appropriate recipients (i.e. the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.

All media houses in the country are requested to kindly publicise the awaited announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto.

‘Id Mubarak in advance!

signed

Prof. Salisu Shehu

Deputy Secretary-General

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