Eid-ul-fitri: Sultan urges Muslims to watch out for new moon

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has advised Muslim faithful to be on the lookout for the crescent (moon) today.

The Sultan gave the order in a statement issued by the NSCIA Deputy Secretary-General, Prof Salisu Shehu.

He said, “If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Tuesday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would address the press to declare Wednesday, May 12, as the first day of Shawwal (Eid day).

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“If, however, the crescent is not sighted on Tuesday night, Thursday, May 13, automatically becomes the first of Shawwal, 1442 AH (Eid day),” he said.

The sighting of the moon of Shawwal marks the end of the Ramadan fast and ushers in the Eid-ul-fitri celebrations.