Renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, has rejected Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad’s order urging Muslims to observe Eid-el-fitr on Sunday, saying he and his teeming followers will observe the prayers on Saturday after many sources confirmed sighting the Shawwal crescent to him.
He noted that following the sighting of the crescent on Friday, today is the first day of Shawwal which is Eid-el-fitr day and Muslims are prevented from fasting on the day.
In an audio message circulated yesterday, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi said the moon has been sighted in many towns including Zaria, Bauchi, Yawuri and Yobe.
He said that he learnt about the sighting of the moon late but he was reliably told that the Sultan was told about the development but he vowed to go ahead with his decision that Eid-el-fitr should be observed on Sunday.
Signs that the Sallah celebration will be observed on Sunday started emanating about three days ago when it was said the moon sighting body in Saudi Arabia said it will not be possible for the moon to be sighted on Friday, meaning Sallah will be observed on Sunday.
The Sultan then adopted the position of Saudi Arabia after claiming that it has not sighted the crescent on Friday and declared Sunday as Eid-el-fitr day.
Reports indicated that Niger republic and many Muslims groups in Nigeria have conducted the Eid prayer after sighting the crescent.