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SULTAN TO NIGERIAN MUSLIMS: Search for crescent of Ramadan on Wednesday, 29th Sha’aban, 1444 A.H.




Press Release


The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). “So, whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. present at his home), he must observe fasting that month” … (Q. Al-Baqarah 2:185)


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, felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming 1444 A.H. Ramadan fasting exercise. Council prays that may Allah spare the life of every Muslim to witness, participate fully in and benefit maximally from the noble act of worship (ibaadah).


Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon-Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1444 A.H. immediately after sunset on Wednesday, 29th Sha’aban, 1444 A.H. which is equivalent to 22nd March, 2022.


If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence shall declare Thursday, 23rd March, 2023 as the first day of Ramadan 1444 A.H. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Friday, 24th March, 2023 shall automatically become the first day of Ramadan.


In addition to the established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, the following members of the National Moon-Sighting Committee (NMSC) can be contacted to report any credible and positive sighting of the crescent of Ramadan 1444 AH:




1 Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi 08036121311 Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com

2 Sheikh  Karibullah Kabara  08035537382 malamkabara@yahoo.com

3 Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory 08023126335 habibelilory@ymail.com

4 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431 oseni@unilorin.edu.ng


5 Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010 simwaljibril@yahoo.com

6 Sheikh  Salihu Yaaqub  07032558231 Salihumy11@hotmail.com.com

7 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075 Jaafaraa1434@gmail.com

8 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607 waziringwandu@yahoo.com

9 Prof. J. M. Kaura 08067050641 Jmkaura56@yahoo.com

10 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar  08036509363   Baumar277@gmail.com

11 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333 muhammadrabiusalahudeen@gmail.com

12 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804 jentleasad@yahoo.com

13 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463

08057752980 Ganiy.agbaje@nasrda.gov.ng


14 Gafar M. Kuforiji  08033545208 kuforijiabdulwasiu@gmail.com

15 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892 elnafaty@gmail.com

16 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu 08038522693 zubairusalisu@yahoo.com

17 Imam Manu

Muhammad 08036999841  limaminmisau@gmail.com

18 Qadee Ahmad Bobboy 08035914285 adamawaemiratecouncil@yahoo.com

19 Nurudeen Asunogie  08033533012 hamdallah1999@yahoo.com

20 Sheikh  Bala Lau 08037008805

08052426880 balalaujibwisnigeria@gmail.com

21 Sheikh  Sani Yahaya Jingir 08065687545 ustaznasirabdulmuhyi@yahoo.com

22 Sheikh  AbdurRahman Ahmad 08023141752 aahmadimam@yahoo.co.uk

23 Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen 08055322087 crescentgroup2000@gmail.com

24 Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu 08037157100 sultanofsokoto@yaho.co.uk

25 Sheikh  Lukman Abdallah 08052242252 abuyatamaa@gmail.com

26 Sheikh  Sulaiman Gumi 08033139153 ssgummi@gmail.com

27 Arc. Zubairu Usman-Ugwu 08033467451 Zeeusman2012@gmail.com

28 Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem 09096369117 Donbru11@yahoo.com

29 Prof. Kamil K. Oloso 08023098661 kkoloso@yahoo.com

30 Malam Usman Mahmud 08034540120 turjajawaizu@gmail.com

31 Malam Yahaya Boyi 08030413634 sultanofsokoto@yahoo.co.uk

32 Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem 08099370109 mikailabdurraheem@gmail.com

33 Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim 08027091623 Nurudeen.a.o.ibrahim@gmail.com


Council enjoins all Muslims to be more prayerful unto Allah, especially in the month of Ramadan; that He should grant us peace, stability, unity and progress in Nigeria.


Furthermore, Council urges Muslim politicians to display the spirit of brotherhood and solidarity both of which represent some of the core lessons of Ramadan. Let those who emerged victorious in the just concluded elections remember that it is the Almighty Allah Who grants power to whom He wishes. Also, those who lost should accept same with faith and resist any act that may cause disaffection and disunity within the Ummah.


Council also appeals to endowed Muslims in the country to extend their acts of charity to the less privileged within their neighbourhoods before, during and after the month of Ramadan. We also admonish traders not to hoard food products or unduly hike the prices of consumer goods during the period of fasting.


Council hereby enjoins Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout, on the night of Wednesday, 22nd of March 2023, for the announcement by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, of the commencement of the year 1444 A.H. Ramadan fast.


We wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts all over the world happy Ramadan in advance.


Allahuma Baligna Ramadan!



Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu

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