International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS)

Formerly known as International Journal of Muslim Unity (IJMU)

The North/ South Dichotomy Among Nigerian Muslims Occasioned By The Ramadan Moonsighting: An Action Plan For A Reunion

The North/ South Dichotomy Among Nigerian Muslims Occasioned By The Ramadan Moonsighting: An Action Plan For A  Reunion

Saheed Ahmad Rufai*

ABSTRACT

The North/South dichotomy and its attendant effects on the attitudes of Nigerian Muslims to one another has been an engaging topic in Nigeria,  for some time. The unpalatable situation has degenerated into a relationship of  hostility between the northern Muslims and their southern counterparts. This paper focusses on the central role of the Ramadan Moonsighting factor in the internal division and disintegration that are currently being experienced by the Nigerian Muslim community, and suggests a modern Islamic mechanism to remedy or ameliorate the unfavourable religious  climate in the country.[1]