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Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon of Shawwal

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Thursday.

Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon of Shawwal
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.


This is coming as the month of Ramadan 1444 after Hijra ,2023, draws to an end,

This is contained in a statement issued by Director of Administration of the NSCIA, Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, said on Tuesday.

“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 Shawwal 1444 A.H. immediately after sunset on Thursday, 29th Ramadan 1444 A.H, which is equivalent to 20th April 2023.

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“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims in accordance with the moon sighting and verification standards, then His Eminence would declare Friday, 21st April 2023 as the 1st of Shawwal and the day of ‘Eid-el Fitr.

“However, if the crescent is not sighted that day, then Saturday, 22nd April 2023, automatically becomes the day of ‘Idul Fitr,” Usman-Ugwu said.

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The statement urged Muslims, in addition to the established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, to also contact the members of the NMSC to report any credible and positive sighting of the crescent of Shawwal 1444 AH.

It also urged Muslims to in the spirit of Ramadan, to remember that Zakatul Fitr (special Ramadan charity) is a compulsory food-levy imposed on privileged Muslims, to be given to the less privileged in the society.

The statement , therefore, urged all concerned to ensure that they do not only comply but comply on time.

It said, “The stipulated practice is to give out the prescribed measurement to beneficiaries in the last two days of Ramadan and not later than before the ‘Id prayer.”

While felicitating with the Nigerian Muslim ‘Ummah and the entire Muslim world on the auspicious occasion of the 1444 A.H. ‘Idul Fitrz the Sultan also beseech Allah to grant everyone the opportunity to witness many more of it.

“The council encourages all Muslims to pray fervently to the Almighty Allah, especially during the concluding part of Ramadan, for the peace, security and development of Nigeria,” the statement said.

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