Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs declares nationwide prayers against COVID-19

Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, the Sultan of Sokoto

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has called for prayers on Thursday against the COVID-19 pandemic.

This came following the call by the Supreme Committee for Human Fraternity for prayers to bring an end to the pandemic currently ravaging the world.

The Supreme Committee for Human Fraternity consists of members of highest religious bodies in the world, including the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and others.

The NSCIA in a statement issued by the Chairman Fatwa Committee and Chairman of the Assembly of Muslims in Nigeria, Sheikh Shariff Ibrahim Saleh Al-Hussaini,  on Wednesday night noted that the United Nations Secretary General had supported the worldwide call for prayers.

“Based on these noble verses, and in compliance with the guidance, teachings and the tradition of the master of the prophets and messengers (may God’s salutations and peace be upon him), has encouraged supplications and prayers to Allah the Almighty, at times of crisis, pandemics and other calamities that afflict people, and at all times.

“On behalf of the Fatwa Committee of NSCIA, and on the advice of His Eminence Alhaji (Dr)  Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto, and President-General of NSCIA, and on behalf of AMIN, we call on all Muslims, and all Nigerians, Christians and followers of other religions, as well as our friends and loved ones wherever they are, to pray fervently in one voice on May 14, 2020 AD, so that God Almighty ends this pandemic.

“It is well established in the prophetic tradition that, during prayer for rain, all citizens are encouraged to go out for prayers regardless of their religion, gender or age.

“We also have the honour to seize this opportunity to renew our appeal to the leaders of all religions in the world, and in our dear country Nigeria in particular, to continue to work hard and sincerely in order to achieve peaceful co-existence in all communities.”

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