The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has announced the commencement of preparations for the 2024 Ramadan.
Led by its president-general, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the council has provided crucial instructions to Muslims in Nigeria.
They are urged to watch out for the Sha’aban 1445AH crescent after sunset on Saturday, February 10.
In a statement released on Friday, February 9, the deputy secretary-general of the NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu, highlighted the importance of observing the Sha’aban crescent as a precursor to the Ramadan fasting.
The arrival of Sha’aban, the eighth month in the lunar calendar, indicates that Ramadan, which falls in the ninth lunar month, is approximately a month away.
The NSCIA emphasizes the scientific aspect of moon sighting, stating that the expected time for the conjunction of the moon is on Friday, February 9, 2024, at 11:59 pm.
However, it is important to note that the moon may not be visible immediately after the conjunction due to various environmental factors.
Muslims in Nigeria are encouraged to stay vigilant and look out for the crescent moon, which marks the beginning of Ramadan.
This article was updated 3 weeks ago