This year’s Ramadan is likely to begin on May 27.
This followed an agreement on the tentative date reached by the National Moon Sighting Committee and its South West sub committee at a meeting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Chairman of the National Moon Sighting Committee, Doctor Hafiz Wali, speaking after the meeting, says the agreed date will be forwarded to the Sultan of Sokoto, who is the President of the Nigeria Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs.
The meeting was attended by top Muslim leaders in the South West region, including members of the region’s League of Imams and Alfas.
In a unanimous resolution by Dr. Wali and Sheakh El Ilory, the League said that the moon is expected to be sighted at 6.45 p.m on Friday May 26 according to the Abuja weather forecast and that fasting would commence the following day provided there are no clouds blurring the sky.
El Ilory said: ”Though some are saying we are no longer following the Sunnah which is the sighting of Moon with ordinary eyes, thinking that we don’t have the right calculation, we are building on astronomical science. Modern time calculation through seeking of knowledge. Some are mocking us that we Muslims are not in unity because the North may see the moon one day and the South may sight it the second day, thereby making us to terminate the Ramadan on different days. The cooperation and scientific knowledge between the two regions have brought near same time and date, thus promoting unity”.