In a move to honor the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), the Jigawa State Government has officially declared Thursday, September 28, 2023, as a public holiday.
The announcement was made by the Public Relations Officer of the Office of the Head of Civil Service (HoS), Ismaila Ibrahim Dutse, in a statement released on Wednesday.
Eid-ul-Maulid, also known as Mawlid al-Nabi, holds immense significance in the Islamic calendar and is observed with profound reverence and devotion by Muslims worldwide. It is a time for self-reflection, devout prayers, and joyful celebrations to commemorate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
The decision to declare the holiday was authorized by His Excellency, Governor Umar Namadi, as confirmed by the state’s Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Dagaceri.
In an official statement, Dagaceri urged all state employees to make the most of this opportunity for spiritual reflection and to pray for Allah’s guidance and protection for the state’s leadership, as well as for peace and progress in both the state and the nation as a whole.
“I write to inform you that the Government has declared 12th R/Awwal, 1445AH (28th September 2023) as a work-free day to celebrate the Birthday (Maulud Nabiy) of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W),” quoted Ibrahim, the HoS’s spokesperson.
Dagaceri also emphasized the importance of tolerance and prayer among the state’s workers and the entire Muslim community, calling for unity and harmonious coexistence. He stressed that these virtues are crucial for fostering peace, tranquility, and development in the state.
This declaration follows the Federal Government’s earlier announcement of Wednesday, September 27, 2023, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Maulud celebration. The double holiday reflects the nation’s commitment to acknowledging and celebrating its rich Islamic heritage.
The people of Jigawa State, like their fellow Nigerians, are expected to observe this special day with prayers, solemnity, and festive gatherings, as they honor the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).