Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, has declared Sunday, May 21, the first day of Dhul-Qadah 1444AH.
Prof Sambo Junaidu, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto, disclosed this on Saturday.
According to the statement, Dhul-Qadah is one of the four sacred months in Islam; the 11th month on the Islamic calendar comes before the month of Dhul-Hijjah.
“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee, did not receive any report confirming the sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Qadah 1444AH on Friday.
“Therefore, Saturday, May 20, will be the 30th day of Shawwal 1444AH.
“The sultan has accepted the report and accordingly declared Sunday, May 21, as the first day of Dhul-Qadah 1444AH,” Junaidu said.
Dhul-Qadah, one of the four sacred months in Islam, is the 11th month on the Islamic calendar before Dhul-Hijjah.