The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs NSCIA has approved Sunday 1st of September 2019, as the first day of Muharam, 1441 AH.
The President General of the Council and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, made the announcement in a statement released on Saturday night.
Alhaji Abubakar informed the Nigerian Muslims that “there was no positive sighting of the crescent of Muharam, 1441 AH on the 29th of Dhul-Hijjah, 1440 AH, equivalent to Friday, 30th August, 2019. Therefore, Saturday, 31st August, 2019 is the last day of Dhul-Hijjah, 1440 AH”.
The Council enjoined the Nigerian Muslims to continue to promote peaceful coexistence and unity among all the citizens of the country and wished them a Happy New Year!
The first month, Muharram, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Holy Quran.
The other months are the seventh month, Rajab, the 11th month, Dhu al-Qi’dah and the 12th month, Dhu al-Hijjah.