The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed Muslims to look out for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah from Wednesday.
The Sultan gave the directive via a statement issued on Tuesday by the Chairman, advisory committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Junaidu.
He stated: “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Wednesday, June 29 which is equivalent to 29th of Dhul-Qidah 1443AH shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah 1443AH.
“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon on Wednesday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan.”
The Sultan further prayed Allah to assist the Muslim faithful in the discharge of their religious duties.
Dhul-Hijjah is the 12th and the last month in the Islamic calendar in which the Holy Pilgrimage (Hajj) takes place, as well as the festival of sacrifice.