The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that, there wasno positive sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Hijjah, 1438AH in Nigeria on the 29th of Dhul-Qa’dah, 1438AH, equivalent to 22nd August, 2017. However, scholars have advised His Eminence, the President-General, to declare Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 as the 1st of Dhul-Hijjah, 1438AH, in accordance with the calculation ofSaudi Arabia (where Hajj is performed), owing to the fact that the weather was predominantly bad for sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Hijjah in most cities of Nigeria.
In line with the above, His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, has approved Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 as the 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah, 1438AH.
The Council hereby enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to continue to promote peaceful coexistence and unity among all the citizens of the country.
Ustaz Christian Isa Okonkwo,
Director of Administration,