– The MUSWEN has enjoined Muslims to wait for the Sultan’s announcement before they start Ramadan fast
– The executive secretary of MUSWEN, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya gave the charge on Sunday, April 19
– MUSWEN’s scribe said Islam has gone beyond tangling over the sighting of the moon at the beginning and end of the fasting
The Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN) has admonished all Muslims in the region to guard against any speculation about the commencement of 2020 (1441AH) Ramadan fast.
Legit.ng‘s regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the executive secretary of MUSWEN, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya, stated this on Sunday, April 19, in view of alleged speculations making the rounds about the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast.
While enjoining the Muslim Ummah in the region to be grateful to Allah for sparing their lives, despite the global lockdown situation imposed on them, Professor Yahya said the Ummah had transcended an era of an unnecessary tangle over moon sighting at the commencement or completion of Ramadan fast in Nigeria.
He said the entire Nigerian Muslim Ummah is already blessed with a very competent leader in the person of the Sultan of Sokoto, who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
Yahya also noted that the Sultan is the only undisputable leader with the statutory authority to make an official announcement on when to start or end Ramadan fast in Nigeria.
He said the Sultan is very much aware that sighting the relevant crescent as a condition for commencing or ending Ramadan fast has a due process which he has never ignored in favour of personal whim.
Emphasising that the NSCIA is the apex body of the entire Nigerian Muslims while MUSWEN is the umbrella body for the southwest Muslims, Professor Yahya advised the Muslims in the six states of the region to avoid any distraction that may negatively tamper with the serenity espoused by the unity of the Ummah in the country.
He implored Nigeria’s southwest Muslims to resolutely uphold the protocol of the existing Muslim unity in Nigeria and seize the opportunity of the incoming blessed month of Ramadan to pray to the Almighty Allah for safety, peace, and mercy.
He reminded the Muslims in the region of the Qur’anic verse that instructed Muslims generally to obey Allah, obey the Messenger (of Allah), and those vested with authority among them.
Professor Yahya then advised the southwest Muslim communities as well as Muslim organisations that happen to be the major stakeholders in MUSWEN to wait for an authoritative official announcement by the Sultan before commencing this year’s Ramadan fast.
He counselled the southwest Muslims to expect the announcement of 1441 AH Ramadan commencement by His Eminence, the Sultan, through the electronic and print media, as usual, at the appropriate time.
The MUSWEN executive secretary has urged all Imams and other Muslim clerics as well as the generality of Muslims in Nigeria not to relent in praying the Almighty Allah to rescue Nigeria and indeed the entire world from the catastrophe of the current ravaging pandemic called coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Edo state House of Assembly speaker, Frank Okiye, called for a collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic as he survived the scare of the virus after testing negative twice.
It was reported that Okiye tested positive to the global pandemic and the information of his COVID-19 status was disclosed by the Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, while briefing journalists on Wednesday, March 25.
He was said to have contracted the disease during his visit to the United Kingdom and was afterwards subjected to treatment after showing symptoms.
But speaking on Tuesday, April 21, on his survival journey, Okiye disclosed that what saved him was early treatment after he became symptomatic.
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