Eid el-fitr: ‘Look out for Shawwal moon to­day’

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

The Nige­rian Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs, under the lead­er­ship of its Pres­i­dent Gen­eral and Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Muham­mad Sa’ad Abubakar, has di­rected that the cres­cent moon of Shawwal should be searched for to­day.

A state­ment is­sued in Ilorin by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Coun­cil, Pro­fes­sor Is-shaq Oloyede, said if the cres­cent moon is sighted by ex­perts tonight, the Sul­tan would de­clare tomorrow as the first day of Shawwal, the Eid-elfitri day.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, if the cres­cent moon is not sighted tonight, Wed­nes­day au­to­mat­i­cally be­comes the first of Shawwal, the Eid-el-fitri day.

The Coun­cil in the state­ment en­joined Mus­lims all over the coun­try to be on the look­out for the di­rec­tive of its Pres­i­dent Gen­eral on the com­ple­tion of this year’s Ra­madan fast and the ob­ser­vance of Eid-elfitri prayer.

The Coun­cil also ad­vised Mus­lims to fast for six days be­tween the sec­ond and the end of Shawwal, and re­minded the Mus­lim Ummah of the ne­ces­sity of pay­ing za­katul-fitri with the in­ten­tion of lift­ing the hearts of the in­di­gent mem­bers of the community and urged them to en­sure its de­liv­ery to the ap­pro­pri­ate re­cip­i­ents, the poor.

The State­ment en­cour­aged Mus­lims to con­tinue pray­ing for peace­ful co-ex­is­tence in the coun­try, as they keep the virtues and gains of the sa­cred month as a spir­i­tual guide to­wards ac­cel­er­ated de­vel­op­ment as in­di­vid­u­als and as a na­tion.

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