- Ahead of the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir, Nigeria's Muslim leader, Sa’ad Abubakar, has given a new directive
- Abubakar who is the Sultan of Sokoto asked Muslim leaders in various parts of the country to lead Eid prayers in Juma’at mosques instead of Eid grounds due to Covid-19
- The Sultan also declared Friday, July 31 as the 10th day of Zulhijja 1441 AH and the day ofEid-el-Kabir, for the year
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Sa’ad Abubakar, sultan of Sokoto, has asked district heads and religious leaders to lead Eid prayers in Juma’at mosques instead of Eid grounds.
The spiritual head of Muslims in the country gave the advice while declaring July 31 as the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.
In a statement on Wednesday, July 22, Abubakar called on Muslim faithful to pray for peace, progress and development in the country.
“His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has declared Friday, 31th July, 2020 as the 10th day of Zulhijja 1441 AH and the day of Eid – El – Kabir for the year,” the statement read.
“Furthermore, in view of the current situation caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Sultan hereby advises all the District Heads and Imams in Sokoto State, to observe Eid prayers at their Jumu’at Mosques in their respective towns and villages and not at Eid Grounds.
“Also, the Council advises the Muslim Communities throughout the Country to observe Eid prayers at Jumu’at Mosques to help curb the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic.
“His Eminence, the Sultan felicitates with the Nigeria Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings. The Sultan while urging the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the Country, he also wishes them a happy Eid-El-Kabir. May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds, amen.”
The Sultan had earlier urged Muslims across Nigeria to look for the new moon of Dhul Hijjah 1441 AH as the celebration of Eid draws close.
The president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) disclosed this in a statement signed by Professor Sambo Junaidu, the chairman advisory committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sokoto.
Junaidu noted that Tuesday, July 21, which was equivalent to 29th day of Dhul Qadah 1441, would be the day to look for the new moon of Dhul Hijjah 1441 AH.
Muslims were thus asked to report the sighting of the moon to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Council.
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