Sultan Confirms Sighting Of New Moon, Declares Today Sallah

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday confirmed the sighting of new moon of Shawwal in some parts of the northern states.

The Sultan, who admonished all Muslim faithful across the country to observe today as the first day of Shawwal, also said yesterday marked the end of Ramadan.

The new moon was sighted in nine states of the north.

Briefing journalists in his palace yesterday, the Sultan said, “In line with laid down Islamic rules and regulations, I have the pleasure to inform you that the new moon of Shawwal has been sighted today, Saturday, the 29th Day of Ramadan 1435, after hijira of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), which is equivalent to July 26, 2014.

“Reliable reports of moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders across the country, which includes, His Royal Highnesses, the Shehu of Borno, Lamido of Adamawa, the Emirs of Katsina, Daura, Zazzau, Hadejia, Minna, Kontagora, Talata Mafara, Tsafe, Bogundu, Muri, Gusua, Anka and some parts of Sokoto State.

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