Sultan de­clares to­day 1st Muhar­ram 1437

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

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.

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