Ramadan: Look Out For New Moon Today, Sultan Tells Muslims

sultanMuslims in the country have been called upon to look out for the new moon of Ramadan today, Sunday, June 5.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, made the call in a statement signed by Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede.
Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar in which Muslims the world over observe a month-long fasting – one of the pillars of Islam.
It is also a period during which Muslims are expected to uphold the virtues and teachings of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) through increased moral acts, sacrifice and dedication as well as zakat (charity) to the poor and needy in society.
Oloyede, in the statement, said “The NMSC had advised the President General that the crescent of Ramadan should be searched for on Sunday, June 5, 2016 equivalent to 29th Sha’ban 1437 AH. If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Sunday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would declare Monday, June 6, 2016 as the first day of Ramadan. If, however, the crescent is not sighted on the night of Sunday, Tuesday, 7th June, 2016 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1437 AH”.
He, therefore, enjoined Muslims across the country to be on the lookout, adding that in addition to established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the NMSC can be contacted for information and clarification.