It is 2016, and we are in the time of massive scientific discoveries and inventions in astronomical realms . We now have ultra-modern, high-tech instruments with which we can map Lunar events.
We wait for one person who they say are the Sultan of some place at the edge of the world called Sokoto to get word from stragglers and cow herders that the new moon which signals the end of Ramadan has been sighted.
With naked eyes.
Aside the scientific primitivity, there is the offensive political chauvinism and the cultural silliness to consider.
Why on earth should Yoruba Muslims who claim to be enlightened and independent wait for a Gambari sectional head to lead them on the same merry-go-round every year?
Why can’t Yoruba Muslims create their own counterpart religious leaders from whom they would take directives at times like these?
Are you all so sold out to that brigand, Alimi?
This has been the stock in trade of this present Sultan and the one he succeeded.
They are always messing up the sighting of the moon.
Anyway for those asking, today marks the 30th day of Ramadan, so Sallah is tomorrow (Wednesday).
Work resumes on Friday.
Don’t forget to still be embarrassed though.
Our country in 2016 takes directives from nature as relayed by humans with outdated instruments to determine if our stock markets will run or not. If our banks, hospitals, schools and public corporations will be open for business.
Sugar cane hawkers would sight the moon and go inform their Sultan.
Nigeria. Na beg I dey.
Make una try borrow small shame. Abeg!
The world has moved on.
All of which no pain me o. No.
But wait first. So after following my dear Muslims friends to “fast in the spirit”, and observe Iftar in the physical, a very sacrificial something.
So much so that I changed my name to “Abdulrahman oloruko-nla”, you guys now tell me this is the Eid Ul Fitr celebration without the Ram part.
Just negodu. Ees eet good?? Change your ways o, Al Janna is real o!
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