Do not begin the fast until you sight the (Ramadan) crescent and do not terminate fasting until you sight it (Shawwal Crescent). If the new moon is concealed from you, then work out what it should be.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President General, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto, felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on this year’s Ramadan Fast, wishing them all abundant blessings from Allah. The Council prays that the Almighty Allah spare our lives to witness many happy returns of Ramadan on earth.
In preparation for the 1437 AH ‘Idul-Fitri celebrations, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the NSCIA has advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Monday, 4th July, 2016 equivalent to 29th Ramadan, 1437 AH. If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Monday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would declare Tuesday, 5th July, 2016 as the first day of Shawwal (‘Id day). If, however, the crescent is not sighted on Monday night, Wednesday, 6th July, 2016 automatically becomes the first of Shawwal, 1437 AH (‘Id day).
The Council is estabished to cater for; preserve, protect, promote and advance the interests of Islam and the Muslims throughout Nigeria. To this end the Council shall:
- Promote Islamic solidarity through fostering brotherhood and cooperation among Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the World.
- Promote the continued application of Shari’ah in Nigeria and the observance of Islamic morality. The Council shall therefore, ensure that the ideals of Islam as laid down in the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.O.H) are adhered to by all Muslims in Nigeria.
- Serve as a channel of contact with the Government Authorities on Islamic Affairs.
“A judge can't have any agenda, a judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case and a judge certainly doesn't have a client. The judge's only obligation – and it's a solemn obligation – is to the rule of law.” ~ Samuel Alito (US Supreme Court Justice)
Gentlemen of the Press, on behalf of the leadership of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) and indeed all Muslims in the South West region of Nigeria, I want to warmly welcome you all to this all-important Press Conference.
As we are all aware, MUSWEN is the umbrella body for all Muslims, Muslim organisations and Muslim institutions domiciled in the South West region of Nigeria. The body aggregates the aspirations and interests of all Muslims in the region.
(Lagos, 04/06/2016) The Muslim Public Affairs Centre today condemned the gruesome killing of a woman, Bridget Agbaheme, in Wambai area of Kano State on Thursday 2 June, 2016, on the excuse that she blasphemed against Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him).
News agencies report that late Mrs Agbaheme was accused of blasphemy during a "religious argument" at Wambai market and a Muslim mob set on her, taking her life. Even if the accusation of blasphemy was correct, Islam does not leave redress of such legitimate grievance to a murderous mob or frontier justice.