The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced Monday, May 2, 2022, as the first day of Shawwal 1443AH in Nigeria.
Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, issued a statement on Saturday announcing Abubakar’s decision.
“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, in collaboration with the National Moon Sighting Committee, received no reports from various Moon sighting committees throughout the country.”
“This confirms the sighting of Shawwal 1443AH’s new moon on Saturday, April 30, 2022, the 29th day of Ramadan 1443AH.”
“As a result, the 30th day of Ramadan 1443AH is Sunday, May 1, 2022.”
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“The Sultan has accepted the report and has declared Monday, May 2, 2022, as the first day of Shawwal 1443AH, Eid-el-Fitr Day,” he stated.
The Sultan congratulated the Muslim Ummah of Nigeria and wished them Allah’s guidance and blessings.
He urged the Muslim Ummah to continue praying for the country’s peace, progress, and development, and wished all Nigerians a joyful Eid-el-Fitr.
Shawwal, according to reports, is the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, following the fasting month of Ramadan.
The first day of Shawwal, when the Muslim Ummah celebrates Sallah and ends the Ramadan fast, was marked by the sighting of the new moon.
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