The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced Monday, the 12th day of September, 2016 as the Eid-El-Kabir Day.

This followed the declaration of Saturday, the 3rd day of September, 2016 as the 1st of Zulhijja.

Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto said this in a statement:

“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.

“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.

“Therefore, Monday, Sept.12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, and will be marked as this year’s Eid el-Kabir”


The Sultan felicitate with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance, as well as blessings.

The Sultan also urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country.

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