By Jubril Omowumi
The Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar has declared that Ramadan fasting would continue today as there was no prove of sighting the moon yesterday.
The Sultan had Declared Tuesday ‘Moon Searching day’ but since there was no sighting of the moon and that the Ramadan fasting would continue today Wednesday April 22 he has now declared Thursday, May 13, 2021, as Eid-ul-Fitr day.
This was contained in a statement signed by NSCIA Assistant Secretary-General, Professor Salisu Sheu.
According to the statement, “the NSCIA – under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto – wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1442 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1442 AH.
“Ramadan fast will therefore continue tomorrow Wednesday, 12th May 2021 as the 30th day of Ramadan. Consequently, Thursday 13th May, 2021 is hereby declared as 1st of Shawwal, 1442 AH and the day of Eid-il-fitr.
“The Council prays that Almighty Allah accept our fasting and other virtuous acts in Ramadan and grant us all peaceful and blissful Eid celebrations. Wassalamu alaikum wa-Rahmatullah.”