How Eid Al Fitr Was Celebrated In Northern Nigeria

A section of worshippers during Eid prayers in Northern Nigeria

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May 13, 2021

Eid remains an important festival and is celebrated in different ways across northern Nigeria. The durbar festival and other rituals are all part of how the residents of Northern Nigeria celebrate Eid.

Mixed Reaction In Zaria, As Emir Marks First Eid

For the residents of Zaria, Eid was supposed to be a celebrated affair as the new Emir of Zazzau Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, marks his first Eid since becoming the new Emir back in October 2020. The Eid prayer which is usually scheduled for early in the morning was delayed due to the presence of horse riders in the praying ground. This was the first Eid prayer in the Mallawa praying ground in 62 years.

The prayer was also delayed to wait for the Governor, who was late. The prayer which was scheduled for 9:00 am was delayed until 9:44 am when the Governor arrived. This naturally angered many worshipers.

In Ahmadu Bello University Praying ground, however, it was an emotional prayer as the University lost one of its Imams a day before Eid. The sermon dwelled on the state of insecurity in the country, and the need to shun all sins as well as pray fervently for Allah to end the killings and kidnappings.

Emphasis was also made on the Abaya, which was denounced as unislamic as it shows the feminine curves and body shape, which is not permissible in Islam. The prayer commenced at exactly 9:00 am, after which the sermon was heard. The turnout was massive as usual, and the weather was all bright and sunny.

In other parts of the state, the prayers were said in crowds. The praying ground at Primary school, Maiduguri road praying ground was particularly filled with worshippers as the prayers were said by 8:30 am.

Grumbles In Katsina As Hawan Sallah Is Cancelled

In Katsina, the citizens were all in grumbles as the annual Hawan Sallah was cancelled two days to Eid after months of preparations. The Durbar was cancelled in both Katsina and Daura Emirate due to the insecurity in the state. Just a few days ago, Bandits kidnapped some worshippers while they were saying their Tahajjud prayers.

This is the 3rd year without Hawan Sallah in the state. The Durbar was also cancelled in 2019 and 2020 due to insecurity and the pandemic. The last time the Durbar for Eid Al Fitr was held was in 2018, some three years ago.

The Prayers in Kofar Guga praying ground, along Jibia road was said by 9:00 am. The turnout was not massive as usual, perhaps due to other neighbouring grounds who pray by 8:30. The Imam reminded people about the Sitta Shawwal fasts as well as prayed for the end to insecurity in the state.

In other Local Governments in the state, the prayers were a quiet affair. In Dabai area of Danja Local Government, The prayers were said on time while the worshipers in their numbers listened attentively.

Happy Affair In Kano

The mood was joyous in Kano as residents trooped in numbers to witness the prayers. The praying ground in Masallacin Waje, Fagge was filled to the brim. However, no social distancing measure was observed and no one was seen wearing a face mask. The heat was unbearable, even in the early hours of the morning.

The Emir, HRH. Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero went back to his residence after the prayers, in a colourful procession along with some of his Council Members.

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  1. Jibril Ibrahim

    For the first time in my life I received the detail happenings of Sallah Celebration from a true Arewa platform. Quote me any where, this is Arewa Talking About Arewa To Arewa and Beyond.

    • Abdullahi Malumfashi

      Thank you for your kind words. We will always cherish and value them, as we also look forward to your contributions and observations as well.


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