The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced the sighting Ramadan crescent.
By this announcement, Ramadan will start in the country on Tuesday, April 13
The Sultan made the announcement in a broadcast on Monday evening.
The Muslim leader urged all Muslims to use the occasion of the holy month to pray for the country and indulge in acts of charity so as to benefit from the bounties of the holy month.
The NSCIA on Monday had issued a guideline enjoining the Ummah to practice social distancing during the 1442AH Ramadan.
“All COVID-19 protocols should be observed. I’tikaf should still be put on hold while strict observance of all COVID19 protocols including avoiding lengthy or crowded sessions should be observed,” it stated.
Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar seen as sacred by Muslims during which they refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days — depending on when a new crescent is slighted.
Other Arab countries who have also announced that Ramadan will start on Tuesday include Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, atar, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt.