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

The statement also detailed the contact telephone and email addresses of 30 personalities across the country that should be contacted by anyone who sights the new crescent.

“Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General (Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad) enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1440 AH immediately after sunset on Sunday, May 5, 2019 equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1440 AH.

“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Monday, May 6, 2019, as the first day of Ramadan. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1440 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 1440 AH Ramadan fast.”

See full statement and contact details of the personalities below

FELICITATION AND MOONSIGHTING FOR RAMADAN 1440 A.H.

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, 1440 A.H. The Council prays that Allah spare our lives to this and many more Ramadan on the surface of the earth and give us the ability to carry out good deeds as much as possible in the Month because of the multiple abilities of its virtues and the blessings of Allah.

In the same vein the Council hereby beseeches all Muslims to be prayerful unto Allah, especially in the Month (Ramadan), to help our Nation in general and our leaders in particular to be able to overcome, once and for all, the seemingly intractable security challenges as epitomized in the Boko Haram insurgency and the upsurge of armed banditry, kidnapping and related crimes.

Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1440 AH immediately after sunset on Sunday, May 5, 2019 equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1440 AH. If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Monday, May 6, 2019, as the first day of Ramadan. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1440 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 1440 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 Dahir Bauchi 08036121311 [email protected]
2 Sheikh Karibullah Kabara 08035537382 [email protected]
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 Malam Nurudeen Ibrahim 08027091623 [email protected]
11 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333 [email protected]
12 Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola 08023864448

08051111063

[email protected]

[email protected]@abrartravels.com

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 7041968 [email protected]
19 Imam Manu Muhammad 08036999841 [email protected]
20 Qadee Ahamad Bobboy 08035914285 [email protected]
21 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431 [email protected]

[email protected]

22 Nurudeen Asunogie D. 08033533012 [email protected]
23 Sheikh Bala Lau 08037008805

08052426880

[email protected]
24 Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir 08065687545 [email protected]
25 Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad 08023141752 [email protected]
26 Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen 08055322087 [email protected]
27 Sheikh Lukman Abdallah 08052242252 [email protected]
28 Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi 08033139153 [email protected]
29 Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892 [email protected]
30 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

Signed

Prof. Salisu Shehu
Deputy Secretary-General
Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs

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