The lunar crescent of Ramadan is expected to appear around sunset on Sunday, June 5, 2016, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has said.
But in Islam, Muslims can only begin the compulsory fasting after the crescent of Ramadan, the ninth lunar month, has been sighted with naked eyes by at least one trustworthy Muslim.
The Nigerian space agency in a statement Thursday said the first astronomical lunar crescent will appear between 5:12pm and 7:33pm on June 5 with Kaduna and Sokoto being the first to witness it while it will be sighted lastly in Jos between 6:02pm and 7:14pm.
“All other states of the federation will experience the first lunar crescent between the estimated time of 5:12pm and 7:37pm on 5th June, 2016”, the statement, which was signed by NASRDA’s head of media and corporate communications Dr Felix Ale, said.
Source: Daily Trust