The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs(NSCIA) has disclosed that Muslims in Nigeria would observe the Ramadan fast on Wednesday.
This is as the council headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar declared that the moon has not been sighted.
To this end, the supreme council for Islamic affairs declared in a statement in Abuja by the Deputy Secretary-General, of NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu on Tuesday evening declared that Ramadan will continue on Wednesday while the Eid-Il-Fitr will hold on Thursday, 13th May.
“The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) – under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni – wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1442 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1442 AH.
“Ramadan fast will therefore continue tomorrow Wednesday, 12th May 2021 as the 30th day of Ramadan.
“Consequently, Thursday 13th May, 2021 is hereby declared as 1st of Shawwal, 1442 AH and the day of Eid-il-fitr.
“The Council prays that Almighty Allah accept our fasting and other virtuous acts in Ramadan and grant us all peaceful and blissful Eid celebrations.
” Wassalamu alaikum wa-Rahmatullah,” the statement noted.
Earlier, it was reported that the Saudi Supreme Court announced that Wednesday will be the completion of the month of Ramadan, so Thursday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
The Saudi High Court had called for the investigation of the crescent of the month of Shawwal on Tuesday evening, according to a press release.
The Saudi moon sighting has announced that the crescent moon of Shawwal has not been seen in the country.
This means that the fast will be observed on Wednesday and this year’s Ramadan will be completed with 30 fasts.
The court called on whoever sees the crescent with the naked eye or by “telescope” to inform the nearest court and record his testimony.