Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and the President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, has directed Muslims in Nigeria to observe this year’s Eid-el-Fitri prayers in their homes.
He also urged Muslims to look out for the sighting of the moon on Saturday or Sunday.
The Sultan gave the directive in a statement issued in Kaduna by Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the Secretary General of the JNI.
He urged Muslims residing in states where the government had reached decision to mark Eid-el-Fitri to ensure they observe social distancing, wear face masks and use hand sanitisers to held check the spread of COVID-19.
“The Jama’atu Nasril Islam under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, Sultan of Sokoto, in a mandate to the JNI Fatwa Committee, under the leadership of Sheikh Sheriff Ibrahim Saleh Alhusainy, CON, to come up with Fatwa regarding the year 2020 ‘Eid-el-Fitr prayer, and the committee after due consultations, as well as considerations of the current state – COVID-19 pandemic and the serious threat it poses to life, reached the following decisions:
“‘Eid-el-Fitr congregation in the outskirts of towns and cities should be temporarily suspended.
“That the said ‘Eid-el-Fitr Prayer be observed at home with family members or alone at home.
“However, in states where governments have reached concrete decisions to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer, based on their medical experts’ advice, strictest measures of distancing, face masks and sanitisers be taken to protect worshipers. In this case, neighbourhood mosques can be utilised if it becomes necessary.
“Ulama should fear Allah, the Most High and be mature enough in guarding their utterances and actions for the overall interest of the Deen and the Ummah.”
“Nigerian Muslims are therefore called upon to reflect their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through their respective lives, as the Lord of Ramadan is still and shall remain the Lord of other months, above all keeps the records of our actions and inactions. More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the glorious Qur’an, for the prestige of the Muslim Ummah.
“JNI wishes all Muslim faithful an accepted Ramadan and successful ‘Eid-el-Fitr.”
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