MOON SIGHTING: OUR LOCAL WEATHER MATTERS BY Sanni Kay. Yusuf
Rajab was 29 in Saudi Arabia, whereas it was 30 here in Nigeria. While the moon was sighted to begin Sha’baan over there, it wasn’t sighted here. And this is no big deal, neither is it an aberration, as our weathers aren’t on the same rotational flow. Saudi is 2 hours ahead of Nigeria. Asr time in Saudi is Dhuhr time in Nigeria. So whoever wants to go by Saudi’s counting to begin and end fast will equally have to take sahuur and iftaar the same time they do so over there.
By Saudi’s weather and counting, today Tuesday 15th May is Sha’baan 29th, while it is 28th in Nigeria. Going by the Sunnah of the Prophet, Saudi had searched for the new moon but could not see it, thereby declaring Thursday 17th May the first day of Ramadan. By our weather in Nigeria and the counting of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), today Tuesday 15th May is Sha’baan 28th. Therefore, the NMSC will watch out for the new moon as usual tomorrow Wednesday 16th in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet. If the moon is however sighted, Ramadan automatically begins the next day, Thursday, and that will be in line with Saudi’s declaration, but if otherwise, Friday will be the 1st day of Ramadan 1439AH in Nigeria.
So those who have declared either Tuesday or Wednesday as the 1st day of Ramadan have definitely played to the gallery. They invariably claimed to have understood Islam better than Muhammad. SubhaanaLlaah!
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