Sultan declares Thursday Eid-el-Fitr
The National Moonsighting Committee of Nigeria has announced that there was no positive sighting of the Shawwal crescent in Nigeria on Tuesday hence fasting continues for Muslim faithful as eid el-fitr will be celebrated on Thursday
The committee announced this via a tweet on Tuesday.
In a statement by wazirin Sokoto and chairman of the advisory committee on religious affairs for the sultanate council of Sokoto, Sambo Walli Junaidu he said there was no positive sighting of the crescent moon for the month of Shawwal.
“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report from various Moon Sighting Committees across the Country confirming the sighting of the New Moon of Shawwal 1442AH, on Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 which was the 29th day of Ramadan 1442AH. Therefore, Wednesday, 12, May, 2021 is the 30th day of the month of Ramadan 1442AH,” the statement reads.
“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 Eid-El-Fitr).
“His Eminence, the Sultan felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings. The Sultan while urging the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the Country, he also wishes all Muslims a happy Eid-El-Fitr. May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds, amin.”
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Meanwhile, the federal government on Monday declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the eid-el-Fitr celebration.