THE Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed Muslim Ummah to look out for the new moon of Dhul Hijja 1442AH.
Abubakar, who is also the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), made the call in a statement signed on Friday.
The statement was signed by the chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Junaidu.
It reads, “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Saturday, July 10, which is equivalent to 29th day of Dhul Qadah 1442AH shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Dhul Hijja 1442AH.
“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon on Saturday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan.”
The Sultan prayed to Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.
Dhul Hijja is the 12th month in the Islamic calendar.
It is a sacred month in Islam, one in which Muslims perform Ḥajj (Pilgrimage) as well as the Festival of the Sacrifice