The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that, there was no positive sighting of the crescent of Rabiul-Thani, 1438AH on the 29th of Rabiul-Awwal, 1438AH, equivalent to 29th December, 2016, either by naked eye or astronomical calculations. Therefore, Friday, 30th December, 2016 is the last day of Rabiul-Awwal, 1438AH.

In line with the above, His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, has approved Saturday, 31st December, 2016 as the 1st day of Rabiul-Thani, 1438AH.

The Council hereby enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to continue to promote peaceful coexistence and unity among all the citizens of the country.


Ustaz Christian Isa Okonkwo,

Director of Administration,