The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared that the new moon of Shawwal 1442 AH was not sighted anywhere in the country Tuesday night and, as such, that Muslims are to fast the 30th day of Ramadan and celebrate Sallah on Thursday May 13.
According to a statement issued and signed by Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu, the Wazurun Sokoto and Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, copy of which was handed to The DEFENDER in Sokoto Tuesday night, the Sultan has approved the report of no-moon sighting submitted to him by his advisory committee, in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) and the various other related committees across the country.
“His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has accepted the report and accordingly declared Thursday 13th May 2021, as the first day of Shawwal 1442AH (Day of Idul-Fitri).
“His Eminence the Sultan felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings,” Prof. Junaidu said.
The Sultan whole urging the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country, he also wishes Al Muslims a happy Eid-ul-Fitri.