The Guardian (Nigeria)
Sultan sights new moon, gives Eid- el- Kabir date
THE Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs ( NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced that Sunday, July 11, will be the first day of DhulHijja 1442AH. Muslim faithful will now observe the Eid- elKabir on Tuesday, July 20, which is equivalent to 10th of Dhul- Hijja 1442AH.
The Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Prof. Sambo Junaidu, stated yeaterday: “The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in Conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee on Saturday received reports on the sighting of the crescent of DhulHijja 1442AH.
“The Sultan accepted the report and accordingly declared Sunday, July 11, as the first day of Dhul- Hijja 1442AH,” . Dhul- Hijja is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims perform the Hajj as well as observe the Festival of Sacrifice.