Eid-el-Fitr 2018: Sultan accelerates Muslims to look for new moon Thursday, June 14
– The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Muslims to search for Shawwal moon on Thursday, June 14
– If the crescent is sighted on Thursday evening, Friday, June 15 will be declared as the first day of Shawwal and the day of Eid-el-Fitr
– If, however, the crescent is not sighted on Thursday, then, Saturday, June, 16 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1439 AH and the day of Eid-el-Fitr
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
The deputy secretary-general of the council, Prof. Salisu Shehu, said on Monday, June 11, in a statement that this is sequel to the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), Daily Trust reports.
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“The President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Thursday, 14th June, 2018 equivalent to 29th Ramadan 1439 AH. If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence (Sultan) would declare Friday, 15th June, 2018 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of ‘idul fitr.
“If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Saturday, 16th June, 2018 automatically becomes the first day of Shawwal, 1439 AH and the day of ‘idul fitr. Muslims all over the country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the termination of this year’s Ramadan fast,” Shehu said.
The Sultan who felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah (community) in Nigeria and all over the world on this year’s Ramadan Fast, also prays that Allah accepts it as an act of Ibadah (worship).
While reminding the Muslims of the necessity of paying Zakatul-Fitri with the intention of lifting the hearts of the indigent members of the community, the council urges all to ensure its delivery to the appropriate recipients (that is the poor) and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary.