Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has declared Friday 21st August as the 1st of Muharram.
In a statement released by the council’s Deputy Secretary General, Salisu Shehu, he said the council, “under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that there was no proven sighting of the crescent of Muharam, 1442 AH on the 29th of Dhul-Hijjah, 1441 AH, equivalent to Wednesday, 19th August, 2020. Therefore, Thursday, 20th August, 2020 is the last day of Dhul-Hijjah, 1441 AH.
“In line with the above, His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto has approved Friday, 21st August, 2020, as the 1st day of Muharam, 1442 AH.
“The Council hereby enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to continue to promote peaceful coexistence and unity among all the citizens of the country. The Council equally beseech them to rededicate themselves to the worship of Allah and to intensify prayer to Allah for the quick eradication of coronavirus pandemic.
Happy New Year!”