END OF 1437 AH RAMADAN FAST CUM ‘IDUL-FITRI CELEBRATIONS

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).

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 completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

In addition to established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, such as the Shehu of Bornu and NSCIA-Deputy President-General, members of the National Moon Sighting Committee who can be contacted for information and clarification are:


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NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Mallam Hafiz Wali 08036009090 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2 Sheikh  Tahir Bauchi 08032103733
08033058201
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3 Sheikh  Karibullah Kabara 08035537382  
4 Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
5 Sheikh  Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
7 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8 Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
9 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
10 Sheikh  Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory 08023126335 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
11 Sheikh  Jamiu Kewulere 08033881335 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
12 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
13 Sheikh  Abdur-Razzaq Ishola 08023864448
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14 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
15 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463
08057752980
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16 Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
17 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
18 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salisu 08038522693 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
19 Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku 0805 704 1968 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
20 Imam Manu Muhammad 08036999841 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
21 Chief Imam of Yola Central Mosque 08035914285  
 
22 Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
23 Alh. Yusuf Nwoha 08030966956
08026032997
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24 Mal. Isa Okonkwo 08037861407 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
25 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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26 Nurudeen Asunogie D. 08033533012 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
27 Sheikh  Bala Lau 08037008805
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28 Sheikh  Sani Yahaya Jingir 08065687545  
29 Muhammad Nasir AbdulMuhyi 08065687545
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30 Sheikh  AbdurRahman Ahmad 08023141752 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
31 Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen 07032558231 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
32 Sheikh  Lukman Abdallah 08037861132  
33 Sheikh  Sulaiman Gumi 08033139153 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As soon as the NMSC, based on verified information, confirms the sighting of the crescent, the Committee will advise the President-General of the NSCIA, who will announce the completion of Ramadan and the observance of ‘Idul-Fitri prayer. Muslims are also strongly advised  to fast for six days between the 2nd and the end of Shawwal.

While reminding the Ummah of the necessity of paying Zakatul-Fitri with the intention of lifting the hearts of the indigent members of the community, the Council urges all to ensure its delivery to the appropriate recipients (i.e. the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.

Though Ramadan may have come to an end, the lessons in it must continue to reflect in the lives of Muslims. The Council encourages them to continue praying for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, as they keep the virtues and gains of the sacred month as a spiritual guide towards our accelerated development as individuals and a nation.

All media houses in the country are  requested to kindly publicise the awaited announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of the NSCIA and  Sultan of Sokoto.

‘Id Mubarak in advance!

Signed
Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, OFR, FNAL,
Secretary-General,
NSCIA.