The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sunday, May 24, 2020, as the first day of Shawwal 1441 after Hijrah, and as such, the Eid-el-Fitr.
The Sultan revealed this in a statement signed by the chairman advisory committee on religious affairs Sultanate council, Sambo Wali Jinaidu.
According to the statement, the national moon sighting committee did not receive any report from the various moon sighting committees across the country confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal 1441AH on Friday May 22, 2020.
He therefore, stated that Saturday, May 23, 2020 is the 30th day of the month of Ramadan 1441AH.
Accordingly, the Sultan urged all Muslims to continue to pray for peace, progress, and development of the country while wishing them Allah’s guidance and blessings, even as he wished them a Happy Eid-El-Fitr.
The Sultan of Sokoto and Head of Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the suspension of Eid-el-Fitr congregational prayers in the outskirts of towns and cities across the country.
He gave the directive in a statement on Thursday by the JNI Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu.
The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), urged Muslims to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer at home with family members, or alone in the case of an individual living alone.
He also counselled the state governments that have reached concrete decisions to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer, based on their medical experts’ advice.
The traditional ruler urged them to ensure that the worshippers observe the strictest measures of distancing, face masks, and the use of hand sanitisers at the praying ground.
According to him, the authorities should consider using neighbourhood mosques if it becomes necessary to observe the prayer in an open space.
The Sultan also urged Ulamas to fear Allah and be mature enough in guarding their utterances and actions for the overall interest of the Deen and the Ummah.
The statement said, “Nigerian Muslims are, therefore, called upon to reflect their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through their respective lives, as the Lord of Ramadan, is still and shall remain The Lord of other months, and above all keeps the records of our actions and inactions.
“More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the Glorious Qur’an, for the prestige of the Muslim Ummah.”
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Muslim faithful in the state and in the country in general on the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan period.
In his Eid-el-Fitr message in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the governor congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the fast.
He noted that witnessing another Eid-el-Fitr was a special privilege from Allah and not by power or might.
Governor Fayemi said the 30-day spiritual exercise had drawn the faithful closer to Allah and, therefore, urged them to put all the lessons learned during the holy month into good use, especially in their daily dealings with fellow citizens.
He stressed that the current situation in the country and in the world at large has made it imperative for Muslims and adherents of other religions to live in love, peace, and harmony with one another so that they can collectively confront and arrest the menace of violence and banditry.
The Governor said prayers by the faithful were needed more than ever for Gods intervention in the affairs of the country.
He was also confident in the ability of God to prosper and keep the country in answer to the sincere prayers of the faithful.
Fayemi, who commended Muslims in the state for their unflinching support for his administration through prayers, counsel and active participation in governance, also appreciated them for their contributions to the religious harmony being enjoyed in the state.
He urged adherents of all religions in the state to join the government in promoting peace and orderliness, and in restoring the core values of honesty, honour, hard work for which the state was renowned.
“On behalf of the government and Ekitikete, I congratulate the Muslim Ummah on the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, and pray that God Almighty will accept our prayers and grant all our heart desires, even as he preserves our lives to witness many more celebrations,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged those in leadership positions, to use the occasion of this years Eid-el-Fitr to rekindle the spirit of honesty, selflessness, care, and love for others, to guarantee a united, stable and prosperous nation.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, the Party urged Nigerians also, not to forget the lessons of the occasion.
“The PDP urges Nigerians not to forget the eternal lessons of the Eid-el-Fitr, but to always bring them to bear in all aspects of life, particularly in our dealings with one another.
“Nigerians, especially those in leadership positions, should use the occasion to rekindle the spirit of honesty, selflessness, care, and love for others, so as to guarantee a united, stable and prosperous nation.
The party also maintained that the successful completion of the Ramadan points to the triumph of collective faith in God over the vicissitudes of life, both as individuals and as a nation.
It called on those stoking acts of violence to have a rethink and join in efforts to rebuild the country.
“The party also beckons on those behind various acts of violence and bloodletting in our nation to have a rethink, retrace their steps and join in the effort to rebuild our nation for the good of all.”
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), has asked the Muslims to imbibe the spirit of religious tolerance in order to coexist harmoniously with adherents of other religious faiths.
He gave the advice as he felicitated with the faithful across the country on the completion of the fasting period month of Ramadan.
In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, the traditional ruler regarded Ramadan as the month of purity and faithfulness for Muslims all over the world.
He, therefore, admonished them to continually abstain from any act of ungodliness.
Oba Ogunwusi said, “These are my heartfelt greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Yorubaland, across the continent of Africa and all over the world.
“I fervently believe you all have fulfilled the spiritual obligations attached to the holy Ramadan and come out with renewed spiritual energy, purified heart of kindness and forgiveness.”
“You must rededicate yourselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity, purify your souls, repent on your wrongdoings, observe self-sacrifices, and devote your attention to ensuring peaceful coexistence with members of other religious sects as all human beings serve one single God,” he added.
The Spiritual leader of Yorubaland is currently on a two-week peace and unity visit to Brazil, and he is being accompanied by an entourage of scores of people, including 17 notable Yoruba traditional rulers.
Others are scholars, priests, as well as members of the Herbal Therapy Society of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to ordinary Nigerians to ‘stop glorifying thieves’ by treating them with disdain for bringing hardships to others.
He, however, assured the people that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government would ensure that the challenges the nation is facing do not last forever.
The President gave the assurance in his Sallah message to the people, to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period.
“These pains are temporary, the APC administration which I am privileged to lead, is beholden to the ordinary Nigerians and will leave no stone unturned to make their security, welfare and happiness our priority,” he said in a statement on Thursday by Mr Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
President Buhari further stressed the importance of putting the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season and congratulate the Muslims on completing “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice.
He, however, urged them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan in becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.
According to the President, “Religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives.”
“If people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society,” he added.
The President regretted that selfishness and greed have overcome people’s conscience so much that they don’t have moral inhibitions in the pursuit of their greed.
He maintained that it was impossible to separate morality from religion, noting that removing the connection encourages corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society.
“I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others”, President Buhari added.
He enjoined religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity in the country and avoid making inflammatory utterances that can endanger peace or promote conflicts.
The President also appealed to fellow citizens to forgive one another and embrace peace.
In this respect, he commended the families of recipients of national honours for showing good examples to Nigerians and urged fellow countrymen and women to copy their good examples.
President Buhari thanked Nigerians for their patience with his government and assured them that their sacrifices will not be in vain.
He stressed that reforming a country that was pushed into near decay on account of corruption comes with teething pains.
Earlier In his Sallah message, the President urged Muslims to put the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season.
While congratulating the faithful on completing what he described as “spiritually significant month of sacrifice”, President Buhari also called on Nigerians to forgive one another and embrace peace in the land.
He said, “if people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society.”
He also asked religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity in the country and avoid making inflammatory utterances that endanger peace or promote conflicts.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to forgive one another and embrace peace.
The President made the appeal on Thursday in his Sallah message to the nation, to commemorate the end of the Ramadan fasting period.
He emphasised the need to put the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season.
President Buhari congratulated the Muslims on completing “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice”, and asked them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan in becoming good ambassadors of their religion at all times.
“Religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives,” he said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
“If people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society,” the President added.
He, however, decried that selfishness and greed have overcome the conscience of some individuals to the extent that they don’t have moral inhibitions in the pursuit of their greed.
President Buhari noted that it was impossible to separate morality from religion.
According to him, removing this connection will encourage corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society.
The President said, “I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others.”
He further called on religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity in the country and avoid making inflammatory utterances that can endanger peace or promote conflicts.
Similarly, President Buhari commended Nigerians for their patience with his administration, assuring them that their sacrifices will not be in vain.
He noted that reforming a country that was pushed into near decay on account of corruption comes with teething pains.
The Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, have congratulated Muslim faithful across the country on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fast.
In their separate messages to the nation on Friday, both leaders called for sustained prayers for peace in the country.
Senator Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that despite the Federal Government’s appreciable efforts in combating the challenge of insecurity, it is imperative for Muslims to utilise the period to pray fervently for peace and unity in the country.
He said, “We have just ended a month-long fast thus paving way for the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
“These two periods are such times that the Almighty Allah enjoined us to ask for his blessings. We should, therefore, seize the opportunity to pray for the country and its leaders.”
The Senate President also urged Nigerians to use the season to promote national integration, saying “Eid-el-Fitr is a time of love and goodwill. It gives us a message to love all and hate none.”
He was, however, confident that ‘’hope is not lost” for Nigeria, despite the numerous challenges in the country.
Saraki added, “Only tolerance, stronger sense of patriotism, and love for one another will help the country surmount her present socio-economic challenges.”
In his Sallah message to the Muslim community in Nigeria, Speaker Dogara enjoined them to sustain the lessons of Ramadan and replicate same in their daily lives for a better society.
He further called on the Ummah not to be carried away by only the display of the Sallah celebration, but to use the occasion for sober reflection.
Dogara also urged them to extend gestures and hands of support to the needy in the society, as well as to pray against the current security and economic situation of the country.
He stressed the importance of peace, unity and tolerance amongst the diverse people of the country for the envisaged growth and development to take place, noting that the heterogeneity of Nigeria should be a source of strength rather than conflict.
“As you join the rest of the Ummah all over the world to celebrate this year’s Eid el-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, I enjoin you to replicate and demonstrate in your daily lives, the lessons and virtues of sacrifice, forgiveness, piety, self-denial, and genuine love towards one another which you learnt during the month-long fast,” the Speaker said.
He added, “This is, indeed, another moment of celebration and sober reflection and apart from reflection, I urge you to also take out opportunity, cashing on the spirituality of this festive period to offer special prayers for the nation against the backdrop of the current security and economic situation and to lift up our people before God, especially the downtrodden – those who struggle to make ends meet.”
The lawmaker further asked Nigerians to pray for the leadership of the nation – from the president, Vice president, leadership of the National Assembly, governors to the local government chairmen and councillors, for God’s wisdom and understanding.
He pledged the commitment of the House of Representatives to initiating legislative interventions to overcome the challenges in the country.
Dogara also urged Nigerians, irrespective of their persuasions, to cement the bond of unity and brotherhood as a people of common destiny and contribute meaningfully in the quest for building a peaceful and united Nigeria.