Nigerian Muslims to Begin Ramadan on Monday, Sultan Announces


The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who also heads the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), declared Monday, March 11th, as the first day of Ramadan.

The Sultan’s announcement, made during a radio and television broadcast on Sunday, follows reported sightings of the crescent moon in various parts of the country.

“After necessary verification and confirmation by the national moon sighting committee, along with state committees and routine checks,” said the Sultan, “I hereby announce the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan, marking the end of Sha’aban 1445 AH.”

In accordance with Islamic tradition, the Sultan declared the beginning of Ramadan fasting for the Muslim community in Nigeria, starting Monday, March 11th, 2024.

He concluded his address by urging “all Nigerians to continue living peacefully with one another, regardless of religious, ethnic, or tribal differences.”

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