The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council
for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday
affirmed the sighting of a new moon signifying the commencement of the
holy month of Ramadan fasting today.
The Sultan urged all Muslim ummah in Nigerian to commence fasting
today Saturday May 27, 2017 following reliable reports received from
various Muslim leaders and organizations across the country.
The Sultan, while speaking in his palace in Sokoto, noted that the new
Moon of Ramadan, 1438 AH was sighted in many states of the federation
as confirmed by the National Moon Sighting Committee.
‘”In accordance with Islamic law, we have the pleasure to announce
that today, Friday, 29th day of Shahban 1438 AH of the holy prophet
(SWA) which is equivalent to 17th May as marked the end of Shaaban and
the beginning of the new month of Ramadan which has been sighted in
many states of the federation.”
“Consequently, upon this, tomorrow Saturday, 27th day of May, 2017
becomes the first day of Ramadan 1438 AH. We therefore call on Muslim
Ummah to commence fasting accordingly,” Sultan said.
The Sultan who appealed for understanding, tolerance and love among
people of belief, admonished the Muslim ummah to seek the face of
Almighty Allah in the fasting period.
He further called on all Muslims to faithfully pray for sustained
peace, unity as well as inter-religious harmony in the country. The
religious leader also called for prayers and support of leaders at all
In a related development, Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
assured the people of his state that there will be free feeding as
well as other forms of assistance for the less privilege despite the
pressing economic reality in country.
According to Tambuwal, Sokoto state will be spending over N80 million
for free feeding adding that the Ramadan period should be used as an
avenue for rededication to the Almighty Allah. ELANZANEWS.M