Muslims in Nigeria fast 30 as moon sighting turns negetive — Sultanate


Muslim faithfuls in Nigeria are commanded to fast 30. The announcement came from the Sultanate of Sokoto, saying moon sighting all over the country turned negetive.

Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III had earlier directed muslims to look for the moon of Shawwal on Saturday marking the end of Ramadan fasting.

“Tomorrow Saturday, 30th April 2022(G), is the 29th of Ramadan 1443(H) and hence the first day to look for the crescent of Shawwal 1443(H). The expected time for the moon conjunction in Nigeria is after sunset of Saturday, 30th April 2022(G), at 09:28pm local time (08:28pm GMT). This implies that on Saturday, the moon would set before the sun and is thus not on the western horizon after sunset. Other technical details are given in the images given below.

“In line with the Prophetic guidelines therefore, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) hereby requests you to kindly look for the crescent on these two days and then forward to us your observations, whether positive or negative,” the announcement by the National Moon Sighting Committee said.

However this evening, the Sultanate declared Monday 2nd, May as 1st Shawwal therefore Muslims are expected to fast on Sunday.

“His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto has declared Monday 2nd May as the first day of Shawwal.

“No positive sighting claims were received from members of the National moonsighting committee and other Emirates,”