The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, says Muslims across the country should lookout for the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah 1440 A.H today Thursday, August 1.
The Sultan and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) said that the new moon will usher in the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
Eye9ja understands that the Sultan made this known in a statement the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in the Sultanate Council, Prof Sambo Wali Junaidu, where he advised Muslims to report the sighting of the moon to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan.
“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah 1440 A.H on August 1 and report to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar III,” it read.
The statement added: “May Allah (SWT) help us in the discharge of this religious duty. Amen.”