Muslims in Nigeria will be observing 2021 Eid-el-Kabir (Sallah) on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 which is the equivalent of the 10th day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.
This follows the announcement by the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, that Sunday, July 11, will be the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.
According to the announcement made in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, after the sighting of the moon.
“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee on Saturday received reports on the sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.
“The Sultan accepted the report and accordingly declared Sunday, July 11, as the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH”. Junaidu said.
Dhul-Hijja is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims perform the Hajj (Holy Pilgrimage) as well as observe the Festival of Sacrifice.
A formal public holiday declaration from the federal government is expected to follow shortly.