The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday urged Muslims to start looking for the new moon of Rajab 1440AH.
The sultan stated this in a statement by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs and Sultanate Council in Sokoto.
The Sultan said, “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Thursday March 7, equivalent to 29 day of Jumada al-Thani 1440AH, shall be the day to look for the new moon of Rajab 1440AH.
“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon of Rajab 1440AH on Thursday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan.”
The monarch prayed to Allah to help religious leaders and the entire Ummah discharge their religious duty.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rajab is the Seventh month in the Islamic calendar that comes two months before the compulsory fasting month of Ramadan.