The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has urged Muslims to be on the lookout for the moon signalling the commencement of the 2022 Ramadan fast.
The Sultan issued the advice in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) through the Director of Administration of the council, Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu.
The NSCIA under the leadership of the Sultan as its President-General told Muslims in the country to watch out for the Ramadan moon after sunset on Friday, 1st April.
The statement noted that if the moon is confirmed to be sighted on Friday, the Ramadan fast would commence on Saturday 2nd April but if not, the fast would automatically commence on Sunday, 3rd April, 2022.
“Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1443 AH immediately after sunset on Friday, April 1st, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1443 AH.
“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Saturday, 2nd April as the first day of Ramadan 1443 AH.
“If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Sunday, 3rd April, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1443 AH,” the statement read.
The council prays that Allah spares the lives of every Muslim to participate in the ibaadah (worship) exercise through prayers and Tafsir.
It also urged Muslims to be vigilant, rest and take care of their health by consuming enough fluids during the fast.
“Furthermore, the council urges Muslims and non-Muslims alike to be vigilant and take extra security and health measures to protect ourselves, loved ones and neighbours.”
“Fasting brothers and sisters should ensure they have enough rest and consume sufficient fluid after each day’s fast,” the statement added.