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Hold Salah Prayers In Your Homes, Muslim Faithfuls Told

Valentine Chinyem

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Islamic scholars have advised Muslim faithfuls in the country to observe Eid-El Fitri prayers in their houses and avoid congregation at various prayer grounds, a Ramadan fast comes to an end.

This they said is in compliance with the two-week extension of the gradual easing of the lockdown as announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Monday.

While Speaking to Sahara Reporters, Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Prof Ishaq Akintola, said Muslims should be role models in observing health protocol in curtailing the COVID-19 pandemic.

He urged Muslims across the country to observe their prayers in their homes, adding that God is capable of answering their prayers wherever they are.

Akintola enjoined them to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri in a limited way and avoid unnecessary gathering.

He said, “As we know that it affected Easter and it was celebrated in a limited way and in the same manner the Muslims should celebrate Eid-el-Fitri in a limited way. Our prayers can still be done inside our houses. We are complying and want others to do so.

“If we say we want to go out and congregate, we would endanger our own lives and other Nigerians because after the prayer, we are still going back to the society.”

He added that, disobedience to government is a sin in Islam.

More so, the National Chief Imam, Al-habibiyyah Islamic Society, Fuad Adeyemi, said the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country has helped them cultivate the habit of giving foodstuff and cash to the poor as palliatives.

He said this was the practice, even before the outbreak of the virus and is an obligation as a Muslim.

Adeyemi noted that the reward of praying was the same anywhere in the world and the mosque can be anywhere as well, provided it is not in the toilet or burial ground.

He urged government to create more awareness and ensure strict enforcement of the lockdown, to discourage religious leaders from flouting the rules.