NSCIA asks Muslims to look for new moon on Thursday

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The  National Moon Sighting Committee of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has asked Muslims in the country to look for the crescent of the new moon on Thursday.

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Professor Usman A. El-Nafaty in a statement issued on behalf of the committee stated that  “ Today Thursday, 1st August 2019(G), is the 29th of Dhul-Qa’dah 1440(H) and hence the first day to look for the crescent of Dhul-Hijjah 1440(H). The expected time for the moon conjunction in Nigeria, was early morning today, 1st August 2019(G), at 04:12am (03:12am GMT).”

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Dhul-Hijjah is the month of Hajj (Pilgrimage) and the Eid-el –Kabir festival takes place on the 10th of the month.

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Full text of the statement read:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah, Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an: “They ask you concerning the crescents; say they are a means to measure your specific times (mawaa-qeet) and are also for the commencement of the hajj” (Al-Baqarah 2:189).

“It is He (Allah) who made the sun shine and the moon glow, and determined the lunar phases that you August know the number of years and calculation” (Yunus 10:5). “And among His signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Do not bow down to the sun, nor to the moon, but bow down to Allah, Who created them both, if it is Him that you worship” (Fussilat 41:37).

This is a reminder with regards to crescent sighting for the lunar month of Dhul-Hijjah 1440(H).

Today Thursday, 1st August 2019(G), is the 29th of Dhul-Qa’dah 1440(H) and hence the first day to look for the crescent of Dhul-Hijjah 1440(H). The expected time for the moon conjunction in Nigeria, was early morning today, 1st August 2019(G), at 04:12am (03:12am GMT).

The local sunset and moonset times for Abuja and other selected Nigerian cities on Thursday and Friday, 1st and 2nd August 2019 respectively are as follows In Sha Allah:

Thursday 1st August 2019

City Sunset                  Moonset         Time Lag           Moon age                   Moon altitude

Abuja 06:52pm             07:27pm      00hr. 35min.       14hr. 40min              DA^ 080 :04’

Kano 06:52pm           07:27pm       00hr. 35min.         14hr. 40min.             DA^ 070 :59’

Lagos 07:05pm        07:41pm        00hr. 36min.          14hr. 53min.             DA^ 080 :14’

Maiduguri 06:33pm  07:07pm 00hr. 34min.             14hr. 21min.               DA^ 070 :49’

P/ Harcourt  06:48pm  07:23pm  00hr. 35min.      14hr. 36min.              D A^ 080 :06’

Sokoto  07:06pm 07:41pm           00hr. 35min.            14hr. 54min             DA^ 080 :05’ *

DA^ means directly above the point where the sun set then upwards to the given altitude

Friday 2nd August 2019

City Sunset          Moonset       Time Lag      Moon age       Moon altitude**

Abuja 06:52pm   08:22pm      01hr. 30min.  38hr. 40min.   SL^ 210 :14’

Kano 06:51pm   08:21pm     01hr. 30min.    38hr. 39min.   SL^ 200 :51’

Lagos 07:05pm    08:27pm   01hr. 32min.   38hr. 53min.   SL^ 210 :38’

Maiduguri  06:33pm  08:02pm  01hr. 29min.  38hr. 21min. SL^ 200 :43’

P/ Harcourt  06:48pm  08:20pm  01hr. 28min.  38hr. 36min.  SL^ 210 :38’

Sokoto  07:06pm  08:36pm  01hr. 30min. 38hr. 54min.   SL^ 200 :50’

**SL^ means slightly to the left of the point where the sun set then upwards to the given altitude Images showing expected sun-moon relative positions at sunset for Abuja on Thursday and Friday, 1st and 2nd August 2019G respectively are given in Figures 1 and 2 below.

Kindly  endeavor to look for the crescent on these two days and forward to us your observations, whether positive or negative. In your report please indicate your full name, location (city) and approximate time of observation.

You are free to share this reminder with your contacts please.

Thank you and Jazakumullahu Khairan. Wassalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah (August 1st, 2019). Usman A. El-Nafaty (for National Moon Sighting Committee, NSCIA) Phone: +234 (0) 802-374-2492, 806-287-0892; Email: elnafaty@gmail.com

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