Sultan declares Sunday start of Islamic new year 1446 AH. Kano declares Monday public holiday for new Islamic year.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sunday, July 7, 2024, as the first day of Muharram, marking the beginning of the Islamic year 1446 after Hijrah.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Sambo Junaidu, on Friday.

Junaidu stated that there was no report of sighting the moon by national and the various moon sighting committees across the country.

He said, “The national and the various moon sighting committees across the country did not receive any report on the sighting of the new moon of Muharram on Friday, 5th July, 2024, which is the 29th of Dhul’Hijja 1445 AH, hence Saturday, 6th of July, is the 30th of Dhul’Hijja.”

The Sultan felicitated Nigerian Muslims on the new year.

He urged them to continuously pray for peace, progress and development of Nigeria.

Meanwhile the Kano State Government has declared Monday a public holiday in commemoration of the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year 1446 AH.

This is contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Baba Dantiye on Friday.

According to the statement, Governor Yusuf Abba urged citizens to use the holiday to reflect on the past year and engage in beneficial activities.

He enjoined the people of the state to utilize the holiday to reflect on the previous year and commit themselves in mutually beneficial activities that will bring succor to them in these difficult and trying times.

“The state government on its part will continue to implement and initiate policies and programmes that will empower citizens to be self-dependent,” the statement said.

Abba also called on the Muslim community to intensify prayers for continuous peace and progress in the state and the country at large.

He also highlighted the importance of collective effort and prayer in achieving the state’s goals.

He expressed optimism that with the prayers and support of the people, his administration will turn around the fortunes of the state and return it to be one of the most economically prosperous among its peers in the country.

Source: The Punch

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