BREAKING: Sultan of Sokoto declares September 1 as Sallah

BREAKING: Sultan of Sokoto declares September 1 as Sallah

- Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, has announced that Muslims in Nigeria would observe Friday, September 1, as Sallah day

- The sultan said this is following the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday

- Alhaji Abubakar wished all Muslims Allah’s guidance, blessings and protection

The Sultan of Sokoto and chairman, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared September 1, 2017 as Eid-el-Kabir day.

This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council.

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The statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Wednesday, August 23, indicated that the declaration followed the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday.

“The advisory committee in conjunction with the National Committee on Moon Sighting received various reports on moon sighting across the country confirming the sighting of new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017,’’ it said.

The statement said that following the development, Muslims in Nigeria would observe Friday September 1, as Sallah day.

It added that the Sultan felicitates with all Muslims and wished them Allah’s guidance, blessings and protection.

The statement also quoted Abubakar as urging Muslims to continue to live in peace and engage in continuous prayers for the development and progress of the country and the world at large.

In an earlier report, Sultan of Sokoto on Sunday, June 25, announced an end to this year’s Ramadan Fast.

He called on Muslims all over Nigeria to cease to fast as it is not permitted to fast on Sallah day.

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Declaring the new moon Saturday night at his Palace in Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar said the new moon was sighted in parts of the country including Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

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