SALLAH: Habeebullah Al-Ilory, Prof. KK Oloso, other 31 members make list of 33-man Moonsighting Committee 

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has announced a committee for the sighting of the month of Shawwal – marking the end of the Ramadan fast.

The NSCIA also congratulated the Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of the upcoming Sallah celebration while urging them to distribute the compulsory Zakatul Fitr (Compulsory food levy given to the needy on Sallah Day) on time.

The NSCIA in a statement through its Director of administration, Zubairu Usman-Ugwu, said the council beseeched Allah to grant everyone the opportunity to witness many more of the Sallah celebration.

“In the spirit of Ramadan, Muslims are reminded that Zakatul Fitr is a compulsory food levy imposed on privileged Muslims, to be given to the less privileged in the society. The Council, therefore, appeals to all concerned to ensure that they do not only comply but also comply on time.

“The stipulated practice is to give out the prescribed measurement to beneficiaries in the last two days of Ramadan and not later than before the ‘Id prayer, the NSCIA said.

Moon sighting

The council said upon the advice of the National Moon-Sighting Committee (NMSC), the Sultan enjoined the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1444 A.H. immediately after sunset on Thursday, 29th Ramadan 1444 A.H. which is equivalent to 20th April.

“If the crescent is sighted by Muslims in accordance with the moon sighting and verification standards, then His Eminence would declare 21st April 2023 as the 1st of Shawwal and the day of ‘Idul Fitr (Day of Sallah). 

However, if the crescent is not sighted that day, then the 22nd, of April 2023, automatically becomes the day of Sallah.

“In addition to the established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, the following members of the National Moon-Sighting Committee (NMSC) can be contacted to report any credible and positive sighting of the crescent of Shawwal 1444 AH:

Below is the composition of the committee members and how they can be reached.

  1. Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi


[email protected]

  1. Sheikh Karibullah Kabara


[email protected]

  1. Sheikh Habeebullah Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory 08023126335

[email protected]

  1. Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni

08033574431 [email protected]

[email protected]

  1. Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin

08033140010 [email protected]

6.Sheikh Salihu Yaaqub

07032558231 [email protected]

7.Mal. Jafar Abubakar


[email protected]

  1. Alh. Abdullahi Umar

08037020607 [email protected]

9.Prof. J. M. Kaura

[email protected]

  1. Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar

08036509363 [email protected]

  1. Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen

08035740333 [email protected]

12.Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke

08035050804 [email protected]

  1. Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje

08028327463 08057752980

[email protected]

[email protected]

  1. Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208

[email protected]

15.Prof. Usman El-Nafaty

08062870892 [email protected]

  1. Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salihu

08038522693 [email protected]

  1. Imam Manu Muhammad 08036999841

[email protected]

  1. Qadee Ahmad Bobboy 08035914285

[email protected]

  1. Nurudeen Asunogie 08033533012 [email protected]
  2. Sheikh Bala Lau

08037008805 08052426880

[email protected]

  1. Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir

08065687545 [email protected]

  1. Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad

08023141752 [email protected]

  1. Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen

08055322087 [email protected]

  1. Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu

08037157100 [email protected]

  1. Sheikh Lukman Abdallah

08052242252 [email protected]

  1. Sheikh Sulaiman Gumi

08033139153 [email protected]

  1. Arc. Zubairu Usman-Ugwu

08033467451 [email protected]

  1. Alh. AbdulBariu Kareem

09096369117 [email protected]

  1. Prof. Kamil K. Oloso

08023098661 [email protected]

  1. Malam Usman Mahmud

08034540120 [email protected]

  1. Malam Yahaya Boyi


[email protected]

  1. Ustaz Mukail Abdurraheem

08099370109 [email protected]

  1. Ustaz Nurudeen Ibrahim

08027091623 [email protected]

“The Council encourages all Muslims to pray fervently to the Almighty Allah, especially during the concluding part of Ramadan, for the peace, security and development of Nigeria.

“While wishing us all happy ‘Idul Fitr, the Council enjoins Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the announcement to be made by His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA on the night of Thursday 20th of April, 2023, the official’s statement said.

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