Confusion as Chief Imam of Ibadanland celebrates Eid-el-fitr without citing new moon

Confusion as Chief Imam of Ibadanland celebrates Eid-el-fitr without citing new moon

- Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik AbdulGaniyu, has caused a stir among Muslim faithful when he celebrated the Eid-el-fitr on Thursday, June 14

- He was said to have led other prominent people to the praying ground at Agodi, Ibadan

- Muslims don't celebrate the Eid-el-fitr without first citing the moon, which is still being awaited as Ramadan ends today

Criticisms have trailed the celebration of the Eid-el-fitr by the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik AbdulGaniyu Agbotomokekere, on Thursday, June 14.

Recall that the federal government declared Friday as public holiday for the celebration as Muslim faithful end the Ramadan fast on Thursday, Vanguard reports.

NAIJ.com notes that the Chief Imam was said to have led other prominent people to the Eid praying ground at Agodi, Ibadan for the annual celebration.

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According to some Muslim faithful, the decision of the Chief Imam was not in line with the rules of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

They said that the Sultan of Sokoto, who heads the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, has not made official announcement that a new moon has been cited.

The Muslim faithful noted that the new moon marks the end of the 29-day long Ramadan and the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government declared Friday, June 15, and Monday, June 18, as public holidays to allow Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to celebrate the 2018 Eid- El Fitr.

This was announced on Monday, June 11 in Abuja by the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau.

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Source: Naija.ng

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