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Islamic Council Suspends All Ramadan Gathering, Asks Muslims To Pray From Home

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has asked all Muslims in the country to observe their Ramadan prayers as well as other activities relating to the Ramadan fast from home.

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the council, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Tuesday said all congregational worship and lecturers have been suspended.

This is to help curb the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world.

He said, “Scholars of Islam throughout the world are unanimous that the Prophet of Islam warned against the spread of contagious diseases and urged Muslims to prevent the spread.

“Jum’ah, as an obligatory religious activity, which is temporarily suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, outweighs the performance of any meritorious religious act such as congregational Tarawih and the conduct of Tafsir.

“Consequently, the Council directs that congregational Tarawih in the Mosque and the various Majalis Tafsir (sessions) and I’tikaf during the month of Ramadan be suspended.

“Individual scholars and organisations are encouraged to employ available means of disseminating information such as radio, television, other virtual facilities, print, social and traditional media for dissemination of Tafsir and other da’awah activities.”