The Sultan of Sokoto and President General Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Tuesday, 13 April as 1st day of Ramadan, 1442 AH, signifying the commencement of Ramadan fasting.
The Sultan, who made the announcement in a special broadcast to the Muslim Ummah said the new moon was sighted in various parts of the country.
The Sultan stated that the reports of the sighting of the new moon were received from Muslim leaders and Islamic organisations across the nation.
Sultan Abubakar further said the reports were duly verified and authenticated by the National Moon Sighting Committee.
He said the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan also signified the end of Sha’aban, 1442 AH.
The Sultan, therefore, called on the Muslim Ummah to commence fasting accordingly, imploring the Ummah to devote themselves fully to worship throughout the holy month.
The Sultan also called on the Muslims to continue to pray for the Allah’s intervention on the security challenges currently ravaging most parts of the country.
He also urged also Muslims to abide by the protocols from health professionals to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.