Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and the President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has issued a directive to Muslims in the country.
He directed them to look out for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH from Sunday.
In a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, he said Dhul-Hijjah is the 12th and the last month in the Islamic calendar in which Muslims perform annual pilgrimage (Hajj) and celebrate Eid-el-Kabir festival.
“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Sunday 18th June, which is equivalent to 29th day of Dhul-Qadah shall be the day to look for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH,” the statement said.
It added that Muslims are requested to start looking for the new moon on Sunday and report its sighting to the nearest District or village Head for onward communication to the Sultan.
The statement prayed to Allah to help all Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.