END OF RAMADAN 1439AH (2018G) FAST AND ‘IDUL-FITR CELEBRATIONS

 

۞يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْأَهِلَّةِۖ قُلْ هِيَ مَوَاقِيتُ لِلنَّاسِ وَالْحَجَّ

“They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the new moons. Say, "They are measurements of time for the people and for Hajj.”(Al-Baqarah 2: 189)

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ الشَّمْسَ ضِيَاءً وَالْقَمَرَ نُورًا وَقَدَّرَهُ مَنَازِلَ لِتَعْلَمُوا عَدَدَ السِّنِينَ وَالْحِسَابَۚ  

“It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases - that you may know the number of years and account [of time].” (Yunus 10:5)

وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ وَالشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُۚ لَا تَسْجُدُوا لِلشَّمْسِ وَلَا لِلْقَمَرِ وَاسْجُدُوا لِلَّهِ الَّذِي خَلَقَهُنَّ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ 

“And of His signs are the night and day and the sun and moon. Do not prostrate to the sun or to the moon, but prostate to Allah, who created them, if it should be Him that you worship.” (Fusilat 41:37)

 

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, felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on this year’s Ramadan Fast. The Council prays that Allah the Almighty accepts it from us as an act of Ibadah. Amin.

Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Thursday, 14th June, 2018 equivalent to 29th Ramadan 1439 AH. If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Friday, 15th June, 2018 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of ‘idul fitr. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Saturday, 16th June, 2018 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1439 AH and the day of ‘idul fitr.

Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the termination of this year’s 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:

S/N

NAME

PHONE NO.

E-MAIL

1

Sheikh  Tahir Bauchi

08032103733

08033058201

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2

Sheikh  Karibullah Kabara

08035537382

 

3

Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin

08033140010

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4

Sheikh  Salihu Yaaqub

07032558231

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5

Mal. Jafar Abubakar

08020878075

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6

Alh. Abdullahi Umar

08037020607

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7

Prof. J.M. Kaura

08067050641

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8

Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar

08036509363 

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9

Sheikh  Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory

08023126335

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10

Sheikh  Jamiu Kewulere

08033881335

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11

Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen

08035740333

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12

Sheikh  Abdur-Razzaq Ishola

08023864448

08051111063

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13

Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke

08035050804

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14

Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje

08028327463

08057752980

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15

Gafar M. Kuforiji

08033545208

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16

Prof. Usman El-Nafaty

08062870892

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17

Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salisu

08038522693

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18

Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku

0805 704 1968

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19

Imam Manu

Muhammad

08036999841

 

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20

Chief Imam of Yola Central Mosque

08035914285

 

21

Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni

08033574431

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22

Nurudeen Asunogie D.

08033533012

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23

Sheikh  Bala Lau

08037008805

08052426880

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24

Sheikh  Sani Yahaya Jingir

08065687545

 

 

25

Muhammad Nasir AbdulMuhyi

08065687545

08024333381

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26

Sheikh  AbdurRahman Ahmad

08023141752

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27

Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen

07032558231

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28

Sheikh  Lukman Abdallah

08037861132

 

29

Sheikh  Sulaiman Gumi

08033139153

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30

Sheikh Adam Idoko

08036759892

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31

Alh. Yusuf Nwoha

08030966956

08026032997

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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.

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

‘Id Mubarak in advance!

Signed

Prof. Salisu Shehu

Deputy Secretary-General