In Nigeria, The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs on Monday announced that the Ramadan fast is to start on Wednesday.
The Secretary General of the Council, Ishaq Oloyede, said this in a statement.
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The UAE’s moon sighting committee has announced that tomorrow, Tuesday 9 July 2013, will be the 30th day of the month of Sha’aban and accordingly, Wednesday 10 July 2013 will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
Sheikh Shawki Allam, Mufti of Committees for Legitimacy and Scientific Fatwa of Egypt, announced that Wednesday is the first day of Ramadan.
The Chief Justice said in Jordan on Monday via state television said Wednesday will be the first day of the month of Ramadan in the Kingdom.
Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Mohammed Hussein also declared that the holy month will begin on Wednesday as there’s been no evidence of moon sighting.
Most of the astronomers had predicted that the holy month of Ramadan will begin on Wednesday.
The Sharjah Planetarium at the Department of Culture and Information announced that the Ramadan Crescent will form on July 8, 2013 at 11:14am and set at 19:08pm, five minutes before the sunset. The crescent will be seen on July 9 in the evening. So the first day of Ramadan will be July 10, astronomically, corresponding to Ramadan 01, 1434 H.
Bangkok Post has announced that the Muslim religious authority in Thailand has declared Wednesday as the first day of the holy month. Because Ramadan begins on Wednesday, the Eid al-Fitr celebration marking the end of the 30-day fasting period will be on Aug 9, it said. – Emirate 24/7
PRESS RELEASE (Nigeria)
COMMENCEMENT OF RAMADAN FAST 1434 AH/2013 OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA (CE)
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said:
“Commence fasting when you sight the (Ramadan) crescent and terminate fasting when you sight the (Shawwal) crescent. But if the sky is cloudy, then, count 30 days of Sha‘ban or of Ramadan as the case may be”.
Therefore, in accordance with the Prophetic tradition, Muslims all over Nigeria are hereby urged to look for the new crescent of Ramadan on Monday, July 8 2013 CE (which corresponds to 29th day of Sha‘ban, 1434 AH.
To this effect, members of the national Moon Sighting Committee have been deployed with appropriate gadgets to various parts of the country for easy sighting of the moon. However, other individuals who are able to sight the crescent are requested to contact, through appropriate authorities, any of the following:
The President-General of NSCIA and the Sultan of Sokoto Tel: 08036470422
The Deputy President-General (North) of the NSCIA and the Shehu of Borno 08037855555, 08023549558
The Deputy President-General (South) of the NSCIA and Aare Musulumi of Yoruba Land Tel: 08027780076
The Emir of Gwandu and all other Emirs Tel. 08036154369
The Lamido of Adamawa Tel. 0756344449
The Esu Nupe Tel. 08039668707
The Otaru of Auchi
The Deputy Secretary-General (South) of NSCIA (Sheikh Adam Idoko) Tel: 08036759892
The President of the League of Imams and Alfas in Yoruba Land: Chief Imam of Osogbo Tel. 08035740333
The Baba Adini of Lagos, Sheikh Hafiz Abou Tel. 08033085292 and
The Chairman, National Moon Sighting Committee, Dr. Hafis Wali Tel:08036009090, 08034540120, 08023037478
Where the authorities are satisfied that the crescent has been duly sighted, The President-General and Sultan of Sokoto would announce the commencement of the fast. However, if the crescent is not sighted on Monday, the Tarawih prayer should be observed on Tuesday the 9th of July for the commencement of Ramadan on the 10th of July whether or not it is sighted on that Tuesday.
All media houses in the country are kindly requested to promptly publicise any announcement by His Eminence the President-General of the NSCIA and the Sultan of Sokoto.
Wishing all a blessed Ramadan in advance
Professor Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede