The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has officially declared Sunday, June 16, 2024, as Eid al-Adha.

    This announcement follows the sighting of the crescent moon, marking the beginning of Dhu al-Hijjah 1445 AH on June 7, 2024. Eid al-Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice” commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah’s command.

    In his statement, the Sultan highlighted the importance of unity, peace, and progress, urging Muslims to pray for Nigeria’s prosperity. He emphasized the significance of Eid al-Adha in promoting solidarity and charity within the community.

    he stated “As we celebrate, let us remember the essence of this period, which is sacrifice, sharing, and supporting one another” According to Daily trust.

    The declaration also marks the commencement of the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, with an estimated three million Muslims performing the rites in Saudi Arabia this year. The Sultan called on pilgrims to adhere to the guidelines and pray for a successful and safe pilgrimage.

    Eid al-Adha is a time of deep spiritual reflection and communal bonding. Muslims around the world engage in the act of Qurbani (animal sacrifice), distributing the meat to family, friends, and those in need, symbolizing the act of giving and sharing.

    The celebration includes special prayers, feasts, and social gatherings, fostering a sense of belonging and community spirit.