Eid-el-Kabir is Thursday, Sept 24, Says NSCIA
The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs [NSCIA], has overruled the Jamaátu Nasril Islam, the umbrella body for Islamic organisations in Nigeria, on the declaration of Wednesday, September 23 as Eid-el-Kabir day in Nigeria. Going by the calculation of the NSCIA, the Eid-el-Kabir would be marked on Thursday, September 24.
The JNI had in a statement on Sunday by its Secretary General, Khalid Aliyu, said the month of Dhul Hajj begins today (Monday), meaning Eid-el-Kabir would be observed on Wednesday, September 23.
The JNI, like the NSCIA, is under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Saád Abubakar.
However, the Secretary General of the NSCIA, Ishaq Oloyede on Monday said the announcement by the JNI was done in error.
“The NSCIA would issue a statement on the new month of Dhul hajj later today,”he said.
He also said the Moon-Sighting committee of the NSCIA already agreed with the decision of authorities in Saudi Arabia that the month of Dhul Hajj begins tomorrow (Tuesday).
“Consequently, Eid-El-Kabir would be observed on Thursday September 24, while Wednesday is Arafat day,” he said.