The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Monday as the 1440 Hijra (2019) Ramadan draws to an end.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Deputy Secretary-General, NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu.
The statement said following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the NSCIA President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1440 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, June 3, 2019 equivalent to Ramadan 29, 1440 AH.
“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence (Sultan) would declare Tuesday, June 4, 2019 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of ‘idul fitr.
According to the statement, “If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1440 AH and the day of ‘idul fitr.
It urged Muslims across the country to be on the lookout for the directive of Sultan on the termination of this year’s Ramadan fast.
He also quoted the Sultan as felicitating with the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on this year’s Ramadan Fast, praying that Allah accept it as an act of Ibadah (worship).
While reminding the Muslims of the necessity of paying Zakatul-Fitri (charity to the needy) 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 (the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.
He also listed members of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), who can be contacted for information and clarification including:
Sheikh Dahir Bauchi 08036121311,
Sheikh Karibullah Kabara 08035537382,
Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010,
Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231,
Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075,
Alhaji Abdullahi Umar 08037020607,
Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641,
Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363,
Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory 08029032575,
Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim 08027091623,
Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333,
Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola 08023864448,
Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804,
Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463,
Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208 and Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892, among others.