THE Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has declared Sunday as the day of Eid-il fitr for the year 2020.
In a statement signed by the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council, Professor Salihu Shehu, there was no proven report of the sighting of the moon, hence the fast will complete on Saturday. The statement reads;
“The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) 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 report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1441 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1441 AH.
“Therefore, Ramadan fast will complete 30 tomorrow Saturday, 23rd May, 2020. In this regard, Sunday 24th May 2020 is hereby declared as 1st Shawwal, 1441 AH and the day of Eid-il-Fitr.
“The Council prays that Almighty Allah accepts our fasting and other virtuous acts in Ramadan and that we will have peaceful and blissful Eid celebrations”.
The Council used the opportunity to pray for the eradication of the dreaded corona virus in Nigeria and all over the world.
Eid-il fitri also called the ‘festival of breaking the fast’ is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims across the world that marks the end of the month-long dawn–to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.