The President-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Sunday, July 11 as the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.
The development was disclosed in a statement released 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 on Saturday received reports on the sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Hajj 1442AH.
“The Sultan accepted the report and accordingly declared Sunday, July 11, as the first day of Dhul-Hajj 1442AH.
“He felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings,” he said.
The Sultan charged Muslim to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country while wishing them happy Eid-el-Kabir in advance.
It is a sacred month in Islam, one in which Muslims perform the Ḥajj (Holy Pilgrimage) as well as observe the Festival of Sacrifice.