- Muslims in Nigeria will celebrate Eid-el-Fitr on Sunday, May 24 as declared by the Sultan of Sokoto
- The Eid-el-Fitr prayer is observed by Muslims to mark the end of the Ramadan fast
- This year, Muslims have been asked to observe ‘Eid’ prayers at home due to the coronavirus pandemic
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has formally declared Saturday, May 23, the end of this year’s Ramadan fasting.
The Sultan noted that there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1441 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1441 AH, therefore, Ramadan fast has complete 30 on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020.
This was disclosed in a statement by the deputy secretary-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Prof. Salisu Shehu.
"In this regard, Sunday, May 24, 2020, is hereby declared as 1st Shawwal, 1441 AH and the day of Eid-el-Fitr.
“The council prays that Allah accepts our fasting and other virtuous acts in Ramadan and that we will have peaceful and blissful Eid celebrations.
“May Allah in His Infinite Mercy quicken the eradication of the Coronavirus in Nigeria and all over the world,” Shehu said.
It was earlier reported that findings have revealed the reason behind the states lifting the ban on social and religious gathering against the advice of the presidential task force and the NCDC.
According to reports, governors who lifted the ban did so for a political reason as they do not want to offend "both the crescent and the cross."
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Parties (PDP) enjoined Nigerian Muslims to use the sacred period of the festival to pray against leadership failure.
The national chairman of the opposition party, Uche Secondus, made this call in a special message to the Muslim faithful across the country on Saturday, May 23.
He maintained that the thirty-day fasting period will be in vain if the lessons and good conducts during the Holy Months of Ramadan are not extended to other months.
Secondus urged Muslims across the country to channel prayers against the political leadership under the All Progressive Congress-led government, saying it is the only prayer that can save Nigeria from the jawbone of acute leadership failure.
Coronavirus: Is it time to reopen churches, mosques? | Legit TV