Felicitation And Moonsighting For Ramadan By The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs
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, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto, congratulates the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on the auspicious occasion of Ramadan, 1437 A. H. The Council prays that Allah make the month a positively new beginning in our individual and national lives in terms of spiritual excellence and national development.
The Council appreciates the educative release from National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA) on crescent sighting, which was meant to provide just the scientific explanation concerning sighting of the crescent. We urge the NASRDA to make it a monthly affair for public awareness and education. One of the beauties of Islamic calendar is its being natural, based on a monthly phenomenon as created by the Almighty Creator of both humanity and nature.
It is also instructive that the findings of NASRDA agree with those of the Islamic Scholars on when and where the conjunction of the new crescent would take place. The only difference is that mere conjunction without its physical appearance (after sunset) is not enough for the commencement of the Ramadan except on the 30th of the receding month when its existence is certain.
Since the last Ramadan fast, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the NSCIA, under the leadership of Mallam Hafiz Wali and Prof. Usman El-Nafaty, assisted by Bro. Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen, advises the President General of the NSCIA on the commencement of every lunar month. The President General, as advised, always makes monthly declaration of the commencement of every lunar month.
The NMSC had advised the President General that the crescent of Ramadan should be searched for on Sunday, 5th June, 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, 6th June, 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.
Muslims all over the Country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President General of the NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1437 AH Ramadan fast.
In addition to established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the National Moon Sighting Committee who can be contacted for information and clarification are:
|1||Mallam Hafiz Walifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Sheikh Tahir Bauchi||08032103733
|3||Sheikh Karibullah Kabara||08035537382|
|4||Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrinemail@example.com|
|5||Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub||07032558231||Salihumy11@yahoo.com|
|6||Mal. Jafar Abubakarfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|7||Alh. Abdullahi Umaremail@example.com|
|8||Prof. J.M. Kaura||08067050641||Jmkaura56@yahoo.com|
|9||Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar||08036509363||Baumar277@gmail.com|
|1||Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Al-Iloryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Sheikh Jamiu Kewulereemail@example.com|
|3||Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Ishola||08023864448
|5||Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayalekeemail@example.com|
|6||Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje||08028327463
|7||Gafar M. Kuforijifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1||Prof. Usman El-Nafatyemail@example.com|
|2||Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salisufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku||0805 704 email@example.com|
|5||Chief Imam of Yola Central Mosque||08035914285|
|1||Prof. Z. I. Oboh Osenifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Nurudeen Asunogie D.||email@example.com|
|1||Sheikh Bala Lau||08037008805
|2||Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir||08065687545
|3||Muhammad Nasir AbdulMuhyi||08065687545
|4||Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|5||Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deenemail@example.com|
|6||Sheikh Lukman Abdallah||08037861132|
|7||Sheikh Sulaiman Gumifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1||Sheikh Adam Idokoemail@example.com|
|2||Alh. Yusuf Nwoha||08030966956
|3||Mal. Isa Okonkwo||08037861407
As soon as the NMSC, based on the verified information, confirms the sighting of the crescent, the committee will advise the President General of the NSCIA, who will announce the commencement of the month of Ramadan.
While we are wishing all Nigerian Muslims happy Ramadan in advance, we urge each and every Muslim to remain faithful to the true teachings of Islam in all its ramifications, by being his/her brothers’ keeper, peace loving, peace keeping, peacemaking and being an advocate of peaceful co-existence for accelerated development of our troubled nation.
We urge all of us to seize the opportunity of Ramadan to pray for our leaders; Political, Religious and Social, so that the nation can be properly guided to greater development.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, OFR, FNAL,