Eid: “Why we disobeyed Sultan” – Sokoto Sheikh

The Islamic cleric who led his followers to observe Eid prayers in Sokoto yesterday, Sheikh Musa Lukwa, has defended his action.

Recall that the Sultan of Sokoto, who is the Head of all Muslims in Nigeria, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, had declared today, Monday as Eid-il-Fitr, after announcing that the new moon of Shawwal, 1443AH, was not sighted on Saturday; however, Sheikh Luka said the Sultan’s position was not correct.

According to the Sheikh, “A lecturer at the Usman Danfodiyo University, Dr. Maigari, also confirmed the sighting of the new crescent moon at the main campus of the university, and there were also reports on the new moon from about 10 communities in Jega, Kebbi State, which was confirmed by the Chief Imam of Jega, Malam Bashar”.

“And Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi also confirmed the sighting of the new moon in many places in the country. So, we observed our Eid in compliance with the instruction of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), who asked us to fast and to break the fast at the sighting of the new moon. It is agreed that obedience to our leaders, especially, the Sultan, is compulsory for every Muslim but on the condition that he did not disobey Allah and His Prophet (SAW).

“You can’t take decision based on scientific evidence by astronauts, because it is against our religion; and even Imam Malik discouraged this”, he added.

On whether they reported their observation to the Committee on Moon Sighting, Sheikh Lukwa said there was no need because they had already made up their mind. He recalled many instances where such reports were turned down by the committee.

“We can’t obey someone who is disobeying Allah and His Prophet (SAW)”, he said.

This is not the first time Lukwa would lead Eid prayers in defiance of the Sultan.

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