The Sultan of Sokoto and president general, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday confirmed the sighting of new moon and urged all Muslim ummah in Nigerian to commence fasting today May 7th 2018.
Speaking in his palace in Sokoto, the Sultan noted that the new Moon of Ramadan, 1439 AH was sighted in many states of the federation as confirmed by the National Moon Sighting Committee.
He said the Radaman fast commences today, 17th May, 2018, following reliable reports received from various Muslim leaders and organisations across the country.
‘”In accordance with Islamic law, we have the pleassure to announce that today Wednesday the 29th day of Sha’ aban 1439 after the Hijira of the Noble Prophet, Mohamned (SWA) which is equivalnanet to 16th May, 2018 has marked the end of Sha’ aban 1349.
Sultan said the new moon was sighted in Maiduguri, Damaturu, Dutse, Minna, Port Harcourt, Zamfara, Jamare, Gombe and many othercities.
“Consequently , tomorrow Thursday the 17th Day of May, 2018 becomes the first day of Ramadan 1439 AH. We therefore call on Muslim Ummah to commence fasting accordingly,” he said.
The Sultan, who appealed for understanding, tolerance and love among Nigerians, also admonished the Muslim ummah to seek the face of Almighty Allah during the fasting period.
“We would like to use this opportunity to implore the Muslim Ummah to devote ourselves fully to Ibadat throughout the Holy Month, pray fervently for the blessings of Allah for our leaders in Nigeria to sucxeed in steering the affairs. of our country, as well as sustenance of peace and stability of our great Nation and the World in general”.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his greetings and best wishes to Muslims in Nigeria and across the world as they commence the 30-day Ramadan fast today.
A statement by his media aide ,Garba Shehu said fasting is not just merely meant to stay hungry or thirsty, but an opportunity to strive for inner purification and self-accountability.
“It is meant to inculcate righteousness and discipline,” he says.
President Buhari enjoined fasting Muslims to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude. He says the Holy Prophet Muhammad used to spend very generously on the poor and the needy during this period, and urges Muslims in the country and all over the world to copy the good example.
He called on Muslims and all Nigerians to always remember men and women who are less fortunate than themselves and to help the government in confronting the challenges facing the nation.
The president prayed Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period.