Islamic new year:Sultan announces date for first day of Muharram 1446AH

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sunday, July 7 as the first day of Muharram 1446AH.

Abubakar made the declaration in a statement issued on Friday night in Sokoto by Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council.

The declaration of the moon will usher in 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 Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report from various Moon Sighting Committees across the Country confirming the sighting of the New Moon of Muharram 1446 AH, on Friday, 5th July, 2024 which was the 29th day of Zulhijja 1445 AH. Therefore, Saturday, 6th July, 2024 will be 30th Zulhijja1445 AH.

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