Following the non-sighting of the crescent month of Shawal, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Sa’d Abubakar has declared Monday, May 2 as the first of Shawal.
The Sultan, therefore, asks Muslims to complete the month of Ramadan 30 as there was no sighting of the moon.
This was stated by the National Moonsighting Committee twitter handle at National Moonsighting Committee Nigeria @moonsightingng on Saturday.
The statement as released on Twitter reads:
His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto has declared Monday 2nd May as the first day of Shawwal.
No positive sighting claims were received from members of the National moonsighting committee and other Emirates.
The development comes after Haramain Sharifain, an Islamic news agency in Saudi Arabia, declared that the crescent moon was not seen on Saturday, and consequently, Monday will be the day of eid-el Fitr.
The moon sighting committees in the UAE, Qatar, and Pakistan have also announced that the crescent moon was not sighted on Saturday.