From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
The Sultan of Sokoto and the President General Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria ,Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.
Sultan Abubakar gave the directive today in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.
The release read: ‘This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the Sha’aban 29, 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan.
“Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ the statement noted.
Prof. Junaidu gave telephone numbers that could be used directly to report the sighting of the new moon to the committee.
The numbers are 08037157100, 07067416900, 08066303077, 08036149757, 08035965322 and 08035945903.
The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.