By Sadiq Umar – The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Monday, September 12, as Eid-El-Kabir Day.
A statement signed by Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto, said the declaration follows the sighting of the New Moon of Zulhijia, 1437 AH, on Friday, Sept 2, 2016.
News agency reports quoted the Sultan as saying: “The committee in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee had received reports from various Moon sighting committees across the country.
”The reports confirmed the sighting of the New Moon of Zulhijja,1437 AH, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, which was the 29th day of Zulka’ada, 1437 AH.
”The Sultan and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), accepted the reports and accordingly declared Saturday, Sept. 3, as the first day of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.
”Therefore, Monday, Sept.12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, and will be marked as this year’s Eid el-Kabir,” it added.
The statement further quoted the Sultan as felicitating with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance, as well as blessings.
The Sultan also urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country.
He also wished all Muslims happy Eid el-Kabir, and prayed Allah (SWT) to accept our religious deeds.