Muslims directed to search for crescent moon from Monday

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, under the leadership of its President General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has directed that the crescent moon of Shawwal should be searched for on Monday.

A statement issued in Ilorin by the Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Professor Is-shaq Oloyede, said if the crescent moon is sighted by experts tomorrow (Monday) night, the Sultan would declare Tuesday as the first day of Shawwal, the eld-el-fitri day.

According to the statement, if the crescent moon is not sighted on Monday night, Wednesday automatically becomes the first of Shawwal, the eld-el-fitri day.

The Statement felicitates with the entire Muslim community in Nigeria and all over the world on this year’s Ramadan fast and wished them all abundant blessings from Allah.

The Council in the statement enjoined Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the directive of its President General on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast and the observance of eld-el-fitri prayer.

The Council also advised Muslims to fast for six days between the second and the end of Shawwal.

It reminded the 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 which is the poor.

The Statement encouraged Muslims to continue praying for peaceful co-existence in the country, as they keep the virtues and gains of the sacred month as a spiritual guide towards accelerated development as individuals and a nation.

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