President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced Monday, Sept. 12 as the Eid El-Kabir Day.
The Muslim leader made the announcement following the declaration of Saturday, Sept.3 as the 1st of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.
The announcement was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Junaidu.
“The committee in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee had received reports from various Moon sighting committees across the country.
“The reports confirmed the sighting of the New Moon of Zulhijja, 1437 AH, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, which was the 29th day of Zulka’ada, 1437 AH.
“The Sultan and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), accepted the reports and accordingly declared Saturday, Sept. 3, as the first day of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.
“Therefore, Monday, Sept.12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, and will be marked as this year’s Eid el-Kabir.”
September 12 Declared Eid El-Kabir Day By Sulta
The statement further quoted the Sultan as felicitating with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance and blessings.
The Sultan also urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for the peace, progress and development of the country.
He also wished all Muslims happy Eid el-Kabir, and prayed Allah (SWT) to accept our religious deeds.
Eid El-Kabir, also known as Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael.
The Eid al-Adha prayer is performed any time after the sun completely rises up to just before the entering of Zuhr time, on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah.
Muslims around the world observe this event.