Muslims are marking Sunday September 1, 2019 as the Islamic new year.
The first month, Muharram, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Holy Quran.
The other months are the seventh month, Rajab, the 11th month, Dhu al-Qi’dah and the 12th month, Dhu al-Hijjah.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, His Eminence Saad Abubakar Ii, had asked Muslims to be on the lookout for the new moon.
But since it was not sighted, the Sultan decided to declare Sunday as the Muharram 1441.
The August 31, 2019 statement, which was issued by the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council, Sambo Jinadu, reads: “The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, in conjunction with the National moon sighting committee, did not receive any report confirming the sighting of the moon of Muharram 1441 AH.
“The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has accepted the report and accordingly declared Sunday, Sept. 1, as the first day of Muharram 1441 AH.”