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Sultan: Shawwal crescent NOT sighted in Nigeria, fasting continues Sunday

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via, or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee has said that it did not receive any report from various moon sighting committees across the country confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal 1443AH, on Saturday.

A statement released Saturday night by Sambo Junaidu, the chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sokoto Sultanate Council, therefore said Sunday, May 1 is the 30th day of the month of Ramadan 1443AH.

He said Eid-el-Fitr will hold on Monday, May 2.

“His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has accepted the report and accordingly declared Monday, 2nd May 2022 as the first day of Shawwal 1443AH. (Day of Eid-El-Fitr).

“His Eminence, the Sultan felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings. The Sultan while urging the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the Country he also wishes all Muslims a happy Eid-El-Fitr. May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds, Amin,” the statement said.

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