The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Sunday, directed Muslims to look out for the new moon of Muharram from Monday.
The Sultan, also the president general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), gave the directive in a statement by the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sokoto.
The statement said, “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, July 17, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Dhul-Qadah 1444 AH (Islamic Calendar), shall be the day to look for the new moon of Muharram 1445 AH.
“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon of Muharram 1445 AH on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan.”
The Sultan prayed to Allah to help all Muslims discharge their religious duties.
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and is identified as one of the four sacred months of the year.