By Emmanuel Adeleke
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Saturday, July 9, as Eid al-Adha.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Moonsighting Committee, the sultan enjoined Muslims to intensify prayers during the period.
“Eidul Adha will be on Saturday, 10th Zul-Hijjah 1443H (9th July 2022) In Sha Allah.
“His Eminence, The Sultan, hereby calls upon the Muslim Ummah to intensify efforts in acts of worship during the first ten days of the blessed month of Zul-Hijjah and also pray for peace, stability and progress of country,” the statement read.
Eid al-Adha, also known as sallah, features the slaughtering of ram as a practice among the Muslim faithful, during the period known as the “festival of sacrifice.”
Eid al-Adha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son in order to demonstrate his dedication to God.
The celebration is the second significant religious festival in Islam, with the first being Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.