September 1 declared as Sallah day

842, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
Nigeria Muslims offer prayers to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has declared Sept. 1, 2017 as Eid-el-Kabir day.

This declaration is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council, and released on Wednesday.

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It said the declaration followed the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday adding that due to the development Muslims in Nigeria would observe Friday Sept. 1, as Sallah day.

The statement read in part, “The advisory committee in conjunction with the National Committee on Moon Sighting received various reports on moon sighting across the country confirming the sighting of new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017.”

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