NSCIA Announces Tentative Dates for Ramadan Fast

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has disclosed the tentative dates for the commencement of the annual Ramadan fast as March 11 and March 12, 2024. However, the official start will depend on the sighting of the moon after sunset on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

In a statement signed by Prof Salisu Shehu, the Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, the council urged the Muslim Ummah to be vigilant in searching for the crescent of Ramadan 1445 on the 29th Sha’aban 1445 AH.

The NSCIA encouraged faithful who observe the crescent to inform members of the National Moon Sighting Committee promptly. The council extended its felicitations to the entire Muslim community on the forthcoming Ramadan Fast, praying for their safety and the maximization of benefits during the holy month.

Should the crescent be sighted on the evening of March 10, 2024, Monday, March 11, 2024, will mark the beginning of Ramadan 1445 AH. Alternatively, if the crescent is not sighted, Tuesday, March 12, 2024, will automatically become the first day of Ramadan.

Acknowledging the economic challenges faced by many, Shehu appealed to well-endowed Muslims to engage in acts of charity toward the less privileged during and after Ramadan. Additionally, traders were urged not to engage in hoarding or price hikes of essential goods during the fasting period.


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