The President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has declared Tuesday, August 10, 2021, as the first day of Muharram 1, 1443, AH.
The NSCIA’s Director of Administration Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu announced this in a statement issued on Sunday night.
Dandal Kura Radio International reports that Jigawa, Kebbi, Borno, Kano Yobe, Katsina and Osun states have declared Monday public holiday to mark the beginning of the Islamic calendar.
The statement said the Sultan made the declaration after considering the report of the National Moon Sighting Committee indicating the non-sighting of the crescent on Sunday.
The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee said they did not receive any report from various Moon Sighting Committees across the country confirming the sighting of the New Moon of Muharram 1443 AH, on Sunday, 8h August 2021 which was the 29th day of Zulhija 1442 AH.