Sultan announces start of Muslim fasting month

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced that Ramadan 2022 commences today, Saturday, April 2, 2022.

He proclaimed Saturday as the first day of Ramadan 1443 AH in Nigeria after the sighting of the new crescent in Sokoto and other parts of the country, on Friday, April 1.

The new crescent was sighted in a live broadcast via the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

The Sultan said the new moon of Ramadan was sighted in different parts of the country and that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations.

“After due verification and authentication by the National Moon Sighting Committee and states committees’ confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, I hereby announce the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan signifies the end of Sha’aban 1443 AH.

“By Islamic law, Muslim Ummah is to commence fasting on Saturday accordingly,” he said.

The Sultan enjoined the Muslim faithful to devote themselves fully to the worship of Allah throughout the holy month, urging them to use the period to pray for the progress, peace, and prosperity of the nation.



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