The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Friday, July 31, as the Eid-el-Kabir day for the year 2020.
He made the disclosure in a press statement signed by the Chairman Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Affairs, Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu, on behalf of the Sultan on Wednesday.
Sultan Abubakar, who is also the President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), in the statement also warned that due to the current coronavirus pandemic, all the imams and district heads in Sokoto State and Muslim communities throughout the country, should observe their Eid prayers at the mosques in their respective towns and villages and not the customary Eid grounds.
The statement read: “His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has declared Friday, 31st July 2020 as the 10th day of Zulhijja 1441 AH and the day of Eid-El-Kabir for the year.
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“Furthermore, in view of the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sultan hereby advises all the District Heads and Imams in Sokoto State, to observe Eid prayers at their Jumu’at Mosques in their respective towns and villages and not at Eid grounds. Also, the council advises the muslim communities throughout the country to observe Eid prayers at Jumu’at mosques to curb the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.”
The Sultan also urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of Nigeria, while also wishing them a happy Eid-El-Kabir.