The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Monday, September 12, as Eid-El-Kabir Day.
This followed the declaration of Saturday, September 3, as the 1st of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.
This is contained in a statement signed by Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto.
“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, September 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, September 3, as the first day of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.
”Therefore, Monday, September 12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, 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 urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country.