The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs called on muslims in the country to observe the social distancing order as they await the fourth coming Ramadan Fast.
The statement which was contained in a message by the President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, quoted by the Deputy Secretary-General of NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu, imploring Muslims to observe crescent at their residence as the obey the government order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Muhammad implored the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1441 AH immediately after sunset on 23rd of this month. The statement read:
“Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee, the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1441 AH immediately after sunset on Thursday, April 23, 2020, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1441 AH.”
“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Friday, April 24, 2020 as the first day of Ramadan 1441 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Saturday, April 25, 2020 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1441 AH. “At the same time, His Eminence also directs the Muslim Ummah to practice social distancing when looking out for the crescent and specifically advises that people should look for the crescent at their residences without going out in groups.”