The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that, there was no positive sighting of the crescent of Rabiul-Awwal, 1438AH on the 29th of Safar, 1438AH, equivalent to 29th November, 2016, either by naked eye or astronomical calculations. Therefore, Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 is the last day of Safar, 1438AH.
Against the above background, His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, has approved Thursday, 1st December, 2016 as the 1st day of Rabiul-Awwal, 1438AH.
The Council hereby enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to continue to promote peaceful coexistence and unity among all the citizens of the country.
Ustaz Christian Isa Okonkwo,
Director of Administration,
Inna lillahi wa Inna ilaihi rajiun
With total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) receives with high sense of loss, the passing on of Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the very first Secretary-General of the Council and 18th Sultan of Sokoto, on Monday 14th November 2016.
His outstanding contributions and pioneer roles in the establishment and survival of NSCIA and JNI geared towards the upliftment of Islam in Nigeria would ever be remembered. It must also be told that, Late Alhaji Dasuki was instrumental to the building of the Abuja National Mosque. Hence, the story of Islam in Nigeria cannot be completely told without his exemplary contributions. This indeed is an irreparable loss to the entire Nigeria Muslim Ummah.
He was the only person that served both as the Secretary-General and President-General of the NSCIA though at different times. He served as the pioneer Secretary-General between 1963 through 1988, while he served as the President-General between 1989 through 1996.
RE: CONSIDERATION OF DISPARITY BILL ON INHERITANCE BY THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA: THE POSITION OF NIGERIA SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS (NSCIA)
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), the apex Islamic Organization that supretends over the affairs of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria, has observed with keen interest the laudable efforts of the Senate in reinventing the Nigerian nation through constructive legislations and strong oversight functions. The NSCIA is of the strong opinion that a dynamic and visionary legislature and one which is sensitive and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the citizens is sine qua non for the realization of the goals of democracy particularly in such highly pluralistic and culturally homogeneous society as ours. It is in furtherance of these ideals which we believe occupies the core of the activities of the current Senate that this position paper on the Bill on Disparity on Inheritance currently being considered by the Upper Legislative Chamber is forwarded to your Excellencies.
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.