The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of Nigeria’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, His Royal Highness Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has declared Friday 21st April 2023 as the first day of Shawwal 1444 After Hijirah, as Eid el-fitr Day.
Delivering a special statement to the Muslim Ummah at his palace in Sokoto shortly after authenticating the reports of various moon sighting committees at state and national levels, he said Friday 21st of April 2023 is the 1st day of the month of Shawwal 1444 AH.
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His statement is based on the national moon sighting committee which received reports from the various moon sighting committees and organisations across the county confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal.
Wishing all Muslims Happy Eidel-fitr, the Sultan urges all Muslims to continue to pray for peace, Progress and development of the country while wishing them Allah’s guidance and blessings. He also urges Nigerians to continue to live in peace and harmony irrespective of religious or political differences.