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The Awaited Holy Month

Nigeria is an Islamic country. Throughout the year, people eagerly wait for the blessed month of Ramadan. For those who are not aware, Ramadan is a sacred month for all Muslims. It is a month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and schedule their life accordingly to maximize their devoutness to the religion. This month offers the observers the chance to connect directly with God through righteous acts and selfless deeds. All over the world, acts of kindness, festivities, and happiness can be observed during the month.

When Does The Month Of Ramadan Start In Nigeria?

Nigeria observes its fasts according to the Arabic world, which means that the country will be looking toward the sky for a glimpse of the crescent moon on April 1, 2022. The Islamic months are based on the lunar calendar, which essentially means that the month starts with the first glimpse of the crescent moon. The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs or NSCIA is the organization in charge of dealing with matters pertaining to the Islamic religion. As for today, the committee created for the sighting of the moon will be looking for a glimpse immediately after sunset or Maghrib prayers.

In a recent interview with the Director of NSCIA, Zubairau Haruna quoted, “If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence (Sultan Abubakar Saad) will declare Saturday, April 2, 2022, as the first day of Ramadan 1443 AH.

If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Sunday, April 3, 2022, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1443 AH,”

What To Do If You Witness A Moon Sighting?

There are two ways in which the sighting of the moon can be confirmed. Either the moon sighting committee witnesses the moon and declares April 2, 2022, to be the first day of the holy month, or the committee can receive testimonies of civilians witnessing the sighting of the moon all over the country.

In order to make sure the civilians can easily notify the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs if they have witnessed the sighting of the moon, a way to communicate the message has been provided. A list of more than 30 numbers and emails has been issued by the NSCIA that can be used to communicate the sightings. The following members of the National Moon Sighting Committee can be contacted to report the crescent sighting of the month of Ramadan for the year 1443 AH.

The List Of Members Of NMSC Is As Follows:

1 – Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi

8036121311

Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com

2 – Sheikh Karibullah Kabara

8035537382

malamkabara@yahoo.com

3 – Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory

8023126335

habibelilory@ymail.com

4 – Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni

8033574431

oseni@unilorin.edu.ngwazzioseni@gmail.com

5 – Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin

8033140010

simwaljibril@yahoo.com

6 – Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub

7032558231

Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com

7 – Mal. Jafar Abubakar

8020878075

Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com

8 – Alh. Abdullahi Umar

8037020607

waziringwandu@yahoo.com

9 – Prof. J.M. Kaura

8067050641

Jmkaura56@yahoo.com

10 – Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar

08036509363

Baumar277@gmail.com

11 – Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen

8035740333

muhammadrabiusalahudeen@gmail.com

12 – Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke

8035050804

jentleasad@yahoo.com

13 – Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje

8028327463, 8057752980

Ganiy.agbaje@nasrda.gov.nggagbaje@yahoo.co.uk

14 – Gafar M. Kuforiji

8033545208

kuforijiabdulwasiu@gmail.com

15 – Prof. Usman El-Nafaty

8062870892

elnafaty@gmail.com

16 – Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu

8038522693

zubairusalisu@yahoo.com

17 – Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku

0805 7041968

udukku@yahoo.com

18 – Imam Manu Muhammad

08036999841

limaminmisau@gmail.com

19 – Malam Usman Mahmud

8034540120

turjajawaizu@gmail.com

20 – Qadee Ahmad Bobboy

8035914285

adamawaemiratecouncil@yahoo.com

21 – Nurudeen Asunogie

8033533012

hamdallah1999@yahoo.com

22 – Sheikh Bala Lau

8037008805, 8052426880

balalaujibwisnigeria@gmail.com

23 – Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir

8065687545

ustaznasirabdulmuhyi@yahoo.com

24 – Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad

8023141752

aahmadimam@yahoo.co.uk

25 – Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen

8055322087

crescentgroup2000@gmail.com

26 – Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu

8037157100

sultanofsokoto@yaho.co.uk

27 – Sheikh Lukman Abdallah

8052242252

abuyatamaa@gmail.com

28 – Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi

8033139153

ssgummi@gmail.com

29 – Arc. Zubairu Usman-Ugwu

8033467451

Zeeusman2012@gmail.com

30 – Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem

9096369117

Donbru11@yahoo.com

 

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