Sultan declares today 1st Muharram 1437
The Sokoto State government is to observe today as public holiday following the announcement by the Sultanate Council that the new Islamic calendar begins today.
According to the council, the advisory committee on religious affairs and the national committee on moon sighting did not receive any report from the various committees of emirs, district heads and religious organizations across the country confirming the sighting of the new moon of Muharram, 1437 AH on Tuesday 29th day of Zulhijja, 1436 AH, which is equivalent to 0ctober 13, 2015.
A statement signed by Malam Imam Imam, the spokesman of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, congratulated Nigerian Muslims for witnessing the New Year.
It appealed to them to use the public holiday to intensify prayers for the nation and urged all citizens to care, love and protect one another, adding that the Islamic virtues of unity, peace and honesty should be promoted by all persons.
It commiserated with the families of citizens of the state who either got injured or died in the Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia last month.
It further reiterated government’s commitment to assist families of all victims, saying no victim will be left unattended to.