No crescent moon sighted: Sultan declares Wednesday as Eid-el-Fitr for Muslims in Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, has declared Wednesday, April 10, as the day of Eid-Fitri.

The decision followed the report of National Moon Sighting Committees across the country confirming no sighting of the new moon.

A statement signed by the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council, Prof Sambo Junaidu, and made available to newsmen in Sokoto on Monday evening, said the council accepted the report and accordingly declared Wednesday, April 10, 2024, as the first day of Shawwal 1445AH.

His Eminence, the Sultan felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings.

“The Sultan, while urging the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress, and development of the country, also wishes all Muslims a happy Eid-El-Fitri,” the statement read.

Earlier,  it was reported that Saudi Arabia said the crescent of Shawwal was not sighted, indicating that the fasting will continue on Tuesday.

It also added that the Eid-El-Fitr would be held on Wednesday, April 10 to mark the beginning of the new Islamic month.

“The crescent moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, 10th April 2024.

“May Allāh allow us to utilise the remaining moments of this blessed month to engage in that which pleases Him, may He accept our siyām, qiyām & a’māl & may He allow us to witness many more Ramadāns in good health. Āmīn,” it wrote.