Islamic Council urges Muslims to look out for Crescent Moon

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has urged Nigerian Muslims to search for the Crescent Moon (Crescent of Shawwal 1441 AH) immediately after sunset on Friday, 22nd May, 2020 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH.

The Council gave the advice in a statement issued by the Deputy Secretary-General, NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu on Monday.

“Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), Friday, 22nd May, 2020(G) which is equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH is the first day to look for the Crescent of Shawwal, 1441 AH. However, on that day, the moon will set few minutes before the sun which makes the sighting of the crescent practically impossible,”  the Council stated.

The Council further stated that President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, in compliance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW), enjoined Nigerian Muslims  to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1441 AH immediately after sunset on Friday, 22nd May, 2020 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1441 AH.

“Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the termination of this year’s Ramadan fast,” the statement read in part.

The Council also used the opportunity to remind Muslims of the necessity of paying Zakatul-Fitri with the intention of lifting the hearts of the indigent members of the community, and urged them to ensure its delivery to the appropriate recipients (i.e. the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.

The Council felicitated with the Muslims in Nigeria and all over the world on the 1441 AH Ramadan Fast and prayed that “the Almighty Allah grant us the opportunity to witness more of it on earth. Amin”.

‘Id Mubarak in advance!

Source: Voice of Nigeria