The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Friday, July 31, 2020, as Eid-el-Kabir Sallah day and urged Muslims to observe prayers in mosques.
Abubakar, also the President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), made the call in a statement signed by Professor Sambo Junaidu, Chairman Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council issued to newsmen on Thursday in Sokoto.
The statement reads: “In view of the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sultan hereby advises all District Heads and Imams in Sokoto State, to observe Eid prayers at their Juma’at Mosques.
“This, in their respective towns and villages and not at Eid Grounds. Also, the Muslim communities throughout the country do the same to help curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
“The Sultan declared Friday, July 31, 2020, as the 10th day of Dhul-Hijja 1441 AH and the day of Eid-el-Kabir for the year,” the statement said.
He felicitates with the Nigeria Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings.
Abubakar urged Muslims to continue to pray for peace, progress, and development of the country while wishing them happy Eid-el-Kabir.