The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Sunday, June 25, 2017 as the day to mark the Eid-el-Fitre.
Declaring the new moon Saturday night at his Palace in Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar said the new moon was sighted in parts of the country including Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
He said:” In accordance with Islamic law, we have the honour and pleasure to announce that today, Saturday, the 29th day of Ramadan,1438 AH, which is equivalent to June 24, 2017 has marked the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the new month of Shawwal.
” Reliable reports of moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and religious organisations across the country, which were duly verified and authenticated by the National Moon Sighting Committee.
” Consequent upon this, tomorrow, Sunday, the 25th day of June, 2017 becomes the first day of shawwal,1438 AH and is therefore declared the Sallah day for 2017 Eid-el-Fitr.”
Eid el-Fitre, which means “festival of breaking the fast”, marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The Sultan urged the Muslim Ummah to sustain fervent prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari, other leaders, as well as for sustainable peace and unity in Nigeria and beyond.