The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced September 12 as the Eid-El-Kabir Day, 1437 AH. This followed the declaration of September 3 as the 1st of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.
The announcement is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto, and made available to the press in Sokoto.
According to the statement, the committee, in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee, had received reports from various moon sighting committees across the country.
The statement said: “The reports confirmed the sighting of the New Moon of Zulhijja,1437 AH, on Friday, September 2, 2016, which was the 29th day of Zulka’ada, 1437 AH.
“The Sultan and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), accepted the reports and accordingly declared Saturday, September 3, as the first day of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.
“Therefore, Monday, September 12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, and will be marked as this year’s Eid el-Kabir.”
The statement further quoted the Sultan as felicitating with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance, as well as blessings.
The Sultan also urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country.
He also wished all Muslims happy Eid el-Kabir and prayed Allah (SWT) to accept our religious deeds.