Sokoto Muslim group shuns Sultan’s order, holds Sallah today

A Muslim group in Sokoto State has defied the order of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, by holding its Sallah celebration today, Sunday, May 1, 2022.

The Sultan who doubles as the President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, had on Saturday announced that this year’s Muslim’s Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, will hold on Monday in Nigeria.

However, the group, in photos uploaded by a Facebook user, Na-Allah Muhammed Zagga, on Sunday, defied the order.

  1. “A fringe Muslim group in Sokoto, led by Sheikh Musa Ayyuba Lukuwa, defies Sultan, holds Sallah prayers today,” he wrote.

This means that they completed their fasting at the end of 29 days instead of 30.

The National Moonsighting Committee Nigeria had in a statement on Sunday said, “His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto has declared Monday 2nd of May as the first day of Shawwal.

“No positive sighting claims were received from members of the National Moonsighting Committee and other Emirates. The Sultanate will release an official statement shortly.”