Controversy on Sultan order to hold Eid Fitri Prayer on Sunday; Faithful reportedly stone his house.
Controversies greeted this year’s Eid fitri prayers as some Muslim faithful disobeyed the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II not to stop the fast by Friday night and hold the prayers on Saturday.
Reports say an angry mob Saturday stormed the home of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II and threw stones at his house in protest of his decision. Children and adults expressed their deep sadness over the willingness of the Sultan of Sokoto not to hold the Eid prayer on Saturday until Sunday.
Some Muslim Sheiks went ahead to have their prayers on Saturday instead of the hopeful Sunday.
The Sultan had issued a statement on Friday stating that the moon has not been seen, and that Sunday Eid Prayer will be held.
But on the one hand, many have ignored the sultan’s offer to take the matter personally the leaders argued they already received reports of seeing the moon in different states.
A renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi,Saturday led thousands of Muslim faithful to pray two Raka’at Eid-al-Fitr prayers in Bauchi, against the decision of Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar who said the Eid will be on Sunday.
The Sheikh said “after listening to reports from different parts of the country we are satisfied that the moon was sighted in Bauchi, eight people saw it, in Liman Katagum, ten people saw it, there are reports that moon was sighted in Geidam, Gashua and Nguru towns in Yobe State, Yawuri, and Zaria.
He said, “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.”
Worshipers at the Sheikh’s house.
Sheikh Dahiru said, “even though we couldn’t reach Sultan because we could not finish screening the reports in good time but we received a report that the Zazzau Emirate reached him and he said it’s too late because he has already announced that Eid will be on Sunday but if not because of time factor we could have reached Sultan to make the formal announcement”.
He then prayed for peace and stability of the country and prayed to almighty Allah to bring an end to COVID 19 pandemic.