Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has asked Muslim faithful to keep an eye out for the crescent (moon) on Sunday.
According to Mirror Nigeria, the Sultan issued the order in a statement issued on Saturday by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman of the Sultanate Council’s Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs.
“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Sunday, August 8, which is equivalent to 29th day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Muharram 1443AH.
“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking out for the new moon on Sunday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ he said.
The sighting of the new moon of Muharram will usher in the new year 1443 AH in Islam.
The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duties; stressing that in the month of Muharram, warfare is forbidden in Islam.
He added that devotion in the sacred months attracted a lot of reward from Almighty God.