The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has announced the sighting of the Ramadan crescent in various places in the country.
The Sultan directed muslim faithfuls in the country to commence the Ramadan fast on Monday 6th June.
Alhaji Abubakar, who made the announcement on Sunday in Sokoto said Monday is the first of Ramadan signalling the commencement of the fasting season of Ramadan according to Muslim tradition.
The Sultan gave the directive after the new moon of Ramadan, 1437 AH had been sighted, saying that the new moon was sighted in various parts of the country.
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Alhaji Abubakar further stated that the sighting of the new Moon had been duly verified by the National Moon Sighting Committee, and that of Sokoto State.
The Statement read:
“I have the greatest pleasure to announce to you that today June 5, 2016 marked the end of Shaaban and therefore Monday June 6, 2016 marks the beginning of Ramadan 1437 AH.”
“Today, 29th Day of Shaaban, 1437 AH, equivalent to June, 5, 2016, therefore marks the end of Shaaban.”
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has directed the Muslim Ummah to commence the Ramadan fast on June 6.
The Sultan gave the directive in Sokoto on Sunday, sequel to the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan, 1437 AH in parts of Katsina and Zamfara State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Abubakar further said that the sighting of the new Moon had been duly verified by the National Moon Sighting Committee, and that of Sokoto.
The Royal Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had announced Monday, June 6 as the first month of Ramadan.
In a statement, the Royal Court said the Supreme Court made the decision after validating reports of sightings of the Ramadan crescent moon.