The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has declared Sunday, May 24, as the 1st day of Shawwal 1441AH.
Abubakar said this in a statement by Prof. Sambo Junaidu; the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs of the Sultanate Council in Sokoto on Friday, May 22.
“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs working in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report of moon slighting in the country.
“This means that Friday, May 22 is the 29th day of Ramadan 1441AH. Therefore, Saturday May 23, is the 30th day of Ramadan 1441AH.
“The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has declared Sunday, May 24, as the first day of Shawwal 1441AH,” Junaidu said.
He felicitated with the Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance and blessing.
Junaidu urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress, and development of the country; while celebrating Eid-el-Fitr.
Also, Eid will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, authorities in the kingdom said on Friday.
“Saturday will be the last day of the sacred holy month of Ramadan and Eid-el-Fitr will take place on Sunday,” the royal court and the supreme court said, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Religious authorities in Jerusalem, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Qatar, and Lebanon also said that Eid would begin on Sunday.
The timing of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar.