Malam Yusuf Alfulani-Abdullah, Chief Imam of Uthman Bn Affan Mosque Ilorin, has advised Muslims to observe the Eid-el fitr (Sallah) prayer in their homes.
Abdullahi, who gave the advise in his Ramadan tafsir in Ilorin on Wednesday, said the directive is in compliance with the safety measures put in place to check the spread of coronavirus disease.
The cleric noted that Islam as a religion provided alternative means for its adherents to follow in event of situations such as the world presently found itself.
“Muslims can say the Eid prayer at home with family members, though traditionally the prayers are usually done with large congregations in mosques or open ground, but either ways Allah will hear the prayers,” he said.
He enjoined the faithful to continue to observe the physical distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection.
Abdullah explained that similar experience was witnessed during the times and era of Caliph Umar, the companion of prophet Muhammad and he employed method of social distancing even in act of worship to protect people.
He urged Muslims to reach out to the indigent with their Zakat fitr, which requires the distribution of foodstuffs to the less privileged before Sallah day.
Abdullah explained that this was to afford the poor the opportunity to have something to eat and also celebrate the Sallah with the rich.
“The Zakat fitr are foods that can be used to celebrate sallah such as rice, or any other grains and should be given out on time to the indigent,” he said.
Abdullah advised Muslims to be grateful to Allah and show happiness even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We should endeavour to dress well, show gratitude through Zaka fitr and pray to Allah for all his blessings in spite of the prevailing circumstance,” he said.
Edited By: Francis Onyeukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)