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Sultan urges Muslims to look out for moon of Muharram

Kano Govt declares Monday work free day to mark new Islamic year

 July 28, 2022  2 min read

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Sultan urges Muslims to look out for moon of Muharram

July 27, 2022

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday directed Muslims to look out for the new moon of Muharram from Thursday.

The sighting of the new moon, based on the lunar Hijra Calendar, signifies Islamic new year 1444 AH.

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and is considered a holy month, second only to Ramadan in its significance.

Abubakar who is also the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), gave directive in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in Sokoto.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Thursday July 28, which is equivalent to 29th day of Dhul-Hijjah 1443AH shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Muharram 1444AH.

“Muslims are therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon on Thursday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ he said.

The Sultan prayed Allah to assist the Muslim Ummah in the discharge of their religious duties. 

Kano Govt declares Monday work free day to mark new Islamic year

Gov. Ganduje
Gov. Ganduje

The Kano State Government has declared Monday as work free day, to mark the beginning of the new year of the Islamic calendar, 1444 A.H.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, in Kano.

“Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, therefore, congratulates Muslims in the state on the spiritual significance of the occasion that also calls for self assessment.

“He also called on them to use the holiday to seek Allah’s forgiveness, and pray for His intervention in salvaging the nation from the lingering security challenges,” he said.

He assured residents of his administration’s readiness to assiduously continue to deliver on its promise to improving their living condition through execution of people-oriented programmes and projects.

Ganduje also urged those who were yet to obtain their voter card, to do so, to enable them exercise their franchise in the forthcoming general elections.

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, also considered as holy month after Ramadan.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, directed Muslims to start looking out for the new moon of Muharram from Thursday, which is equivalent to Dhul-Hijjah 29, 1443 AH.

The calendar is also called the Hijri calendar.

Muslims around the world used it for Islamic events and important dates of Islam.

All dates in the Islamic calendar 2022 are based on the country’s moon sighting.

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