Eid-el-Fitr: Sultan declares Monday Sallah

Saad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto

Sultan of Sokoto and president-general, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Sa’ad Abubakar III has declared May 2 as the first day of Shawwal 1443AH in Nigeria.

Abubakar announced this in a statement on Saturday signed by the chairman, advisory committee on religious affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Junaidu.

“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in Conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report from various Moon Sighting committees across the country.

“This, confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal 1443AH, on Saturday April 30, 2022, which was 29th day of Ramadan 1443AH.

“Therefore, Sunday May 1, 2022, is the 30th day of the month of Ramadan 1443AH.

“The Sultan have accepted the report and accordingly declared Monday, May 2, 2022, as the first day of Shawwal 1443AH, Day of Eid-el-Fitr,” he said.

The Sultan felicitated Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance and blessings.

He urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country, while wishing all Nigerians happy Eid-el-Fitr.

Sighting of the new moon signifies the first day of Shawwal in which the Muslim Ummah celebrate Sallah and end the compulsory Ramadan fast.