Eid-el-Kabir to hold Au­gust 21

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Sul­tan of Sokoto and Pres­i­dent-Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs (NSCIA) Al­haji Muham­madu Sa’ad Abubakar, has de­clared Sun­day Au­gust 12 as the first day of the Is­lamic month of Dhul-Hi­j­jah.

This was con­tained in a state­ment yes­ter­day by the Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the NSCIA, Prof Sal­isu Shehu.

The state­ment said, af­ter due con­sul­ta­tion with schol­ars, the Na­tional Moon Sight­ing Com­mit­tee (NMSC) and the Fatwa Com­mit­tee of the NSCIA, it was de­cided that the dates of DhulQa’adah be ad­justed to make yes­ter­day, Au­gust 12, 2018, the 1st day of Dhul-Hi­j­jah, 1439AH.

“This is in com­pli­ance with the ear­lier Fatwa that dec­la­ra­tion of the month of Dhul-Hi­j­jah would be as de­ter­mined by the Saudi Ara­bian au­thor­i­ties. Based on the above, the Pres­i­den­tGen­eral of NSCIA has ap­proved Sun­day, Au­gust 12, 2018, as the 1st day of DhulHi­j­jah, 1439 AH.

“The coun­cil urges all Mus­lims to pray for the coun­try and the pil­grims in the Holy Land. Sim­i­larly, all Mus­lims are en­joined to take the ad­van­tage of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hi­j­jah for highly re­ward­ing good deeds and sup­pli­ca­tions, par­tic­u­larly, to fast on the day of Arafah which is Mon­day, Au­gust 20, 2018,” Shehu said.

By the Sul­tan’s dec­la­ra­tion, this year’s Dhul-Hi­j­jah 10, which is Eid-el-Kabir cel­e­bra­tion would be Tues­day Au­gust 21, 2018.

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