Renowned Bauchi state Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, Saturday led thousands of Muslim faithful to pray two Raka’at Eid-el-Fitr prayers in Bauchi, defying Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar order who declared Sunday Eid day.
Sheikh Bauchi said reports from different parts of the country revealed that the moon was sighted in Bauchi at about 12: 15 am on Friday and in other states like Yobe, Zaria, and Sokoto.
He also announced that the Ramadan had come to an end and the beginning of the month of Shawwal Friday contrary to the Sultans declaration of not sighting the moon.
The Sheikh also added that eight people saw it in Liman Katagum, with other reports of sighting in Geidam, Gashua and Nguru in Yobe State, Yawuri in Kebbi State, and Zaria in Kaduna.
“If something of this nature happens, one will act according to what Allah and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said and Allah and his messenger said fast when you see the new moon and Ramadan will be completed after seeing the new moon of Shawwal and if two people who are trustworthy and fair saw it then people most agree with them or if a group of people saw it then everyone most agree with their verdict and in that case, since they are many and many starts from five people, you don’t need to look if they are fair in their character, you have no option but to agree with their reports as ordained by Allah and His messenger and for that reason, we are satisfied with the reports we have received,” he explained.
Another in Sokoto, Sheikh Musa Lukuwa also led followers to observe the Eid prayers Saturday, contrary to the sultan’s declaration.
In a telephone conversation with Daily Trust, Lukuwa said: “The sultan said the moon was not sighted, but we saw it and our position superseded his own.”
The crescent according to him, was sighted was communicated to the Sultanate Council but to no avail, noting that there were authentic reports indicating the sighting of the new moon from Yauri and Kamba in Kebbi State as well as from Zaria in Kaduna.
He revealed that Niger Republic Saturday marked Sallah day.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, had formally declared Saturday the end of this year’s Ramadan fast and Sunday Eid-el-Fitr.