By Umar Danladi Ado
The Sultan of Sokoto and the President General Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, had declared Tuesday, April 13, this year as the first crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442.
The Sultan announced while briefing newsmen of the sighting of the new crescent at his palace on Monday. He advocated for peace, unity and prayers throughout the month.
Welcoming the month, the Sultan said: “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Tuesday, April 13, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the first day as new moon of Ramadan 1442AH and as the day for the Muslim Ummah to commence the fasting of the month of Ramadan.”
The monarch said the decision was as a result of the sighting of the new month by Islamic clerics and various Islamic groups nationwide. He therefore did not hesitate to advise the Ummah to comply with the COVID-19 protocols in their five daily prayers, as a central message.
What was so fascinating was the way he also urged Muslims to be dedicated in observing their religious obligations and praying fervently for the nation peace and unity with a call on them to shun any political differences.
While urging wealthy individual to assist less-privileged in the society to enable them observe their fasting with ease, he emphasized that doing so is highly rewarding in Islam.
Therefore, the Muslim Ummah should make the period as the best opportunity to seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and do what is expected of them to foster brotherhood and extend hands of support to those in need. Ado is our Sokoto State correspondent