The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has told Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Tuesday, May 11.
The deputy secretary-general of NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu, made the disclosure in a statement issued via Facebook on Saturday, May 8.
He disclosed that the announcement was made based on the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC).
”In preparation for the 1442 AH ‘Idul-Fitri celebrations, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the NSCIA has advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 equivalent to 29 Ramadan, 1442 AH.”
Shehu explained that if the moon is sighted on Tuesday, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, will declare Ramadan on Wednesday, May 12.
He, however, pointed out that if the new moon is not sighted on Tuesday night, Thursday, May 13, 2021, automatically becomes the first of Shawwal, 1442 AH (‘Id day).
In another news, it took the Ramadan period for Mutiat Yusuf, a wine store owner, to discover the majority of her customers are Muslims after sales dropped following low patronisation since the start of Ramadan.
Yusuf said sales dropped considerably low since the third week of April and has been struggling to make sales from her alcohol brands, as demands have shifted towards non-alcoholic products.