The Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has announced Tuesday 13th April, 2021 as the first day of Ramadan 1442AH following the sighting of the moon on Monday night.
Abubakar, in a nationwide broadcast Monday night in his palace in Sokoto, said the development was based on reliable reports from sources, including Muslim leaders and organisations on the moon sighting across the country.
He said: “In accordance with the Islamic law , today Monday, April 12th, 2021 marks the end of Sha’aban. Based on the reliable reports on moon sighting that were received from Muslim leaders across the country which were duly verified and authenticated by us, states and the national moon sighting committee, tomorrow Tuesday, April 13, 2021 becomes the first day of Ramadan 1442AH.
“And therefore, I call on all muslim brothers and sisters to commence fasting accordingly.”
He added: “I implore the Muslim ummah to devote ourselves fully in the worship of Allah and pray fervently for the blessings of Allah for our country and leaders .
“I will also like to seize this opportunity to call on all Muslim ummah to observe the Covid-19 protocols while observing the five daily, tarawih and juma’at prayers while urging you to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious differences as well urge the wealthy Muslims to assist the less privilege during the holy month. I wish us a successful ramadan.”