The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Friday June 15, 2018 as the day to mark the Eid-el-Fitr, and the end of Ramadan fast.
The national moon-sighting committee disclosed this in a tweet on Thursday night.
“The Sultan of Sokoto is making an official announcement live, declaring tomorrow Friday 15th June as the 1st day of Shawwal,” the tweet read.
#Breaking H.E The Sultan of Sokoto is making an official announcement live, declaring tomorrow Friday 15th June as the 1st day of Shawwal.
We regret our inability to stream it live.
— National Moonsighting Committee Nigeria (@moonsightingng) June 14, 2018
Abubakar said that the new moon was sighted in parts of Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Borno, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Plateau and Sokoto States among others.
He said:” In accordance with Islamic law, we have the honour and pleasure to announce that today, Thursday, the 29th day of Ramadan,1439 AH, which is equivalent to June 14, 2018 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 us, states and the National Moon Sighting Committee.”
“Consequent upon this, tomorrow, Friday, the 15th day of June, 2018 becomes the first day of Shawwal,1439 AH and is therefore declared the Sallah day for 2018 Eid-el-Fitr.”
The Sultan urged the Muslim Ummah to sustain fervent prayers for the nation led by Muhammadu Buhari, other leaders, as well as for sustainable peace and unity in Nigeria and beyond.