The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has confirmed the sighting of the moon marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan 1444AH.
The Sultan, in a post shared by the National Moonsighting Committee Nigeria on its Twitter handle, called on Muslims across the country to commence fasting on Thursday March 23, 2023.”Today, 29th day of Sha’aban 144AH, which is equivalent to 22nd March, 2023 marks the end of the month of Sha’aban 144AH as the reports of moon sighting of the new moon were received from Muslim leaders and organizations across the length and breadth of our dear countr.
“Consequently, tomorrow Thursday the 23rd day of March 2023 becomes the first day of Ramadan 1444 after Hijra. We, therefore, call on all Muslims to commence fasting accordingly.
“As Nigeria concludes its 2023 general elections, the Sultan also called on Muslims to pray for the successes of the newly elected leaders in steering the affairs of the country.
He also called on well-meaning individuals to support the vulnerable in the society during the holy month.
Ramadan Kareem to all.”