Alhaji Daud Akinola, the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, has urged Muslims to adhere strictly to all government directives aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 during the forthcoming Ramadan.
He told newsmen on Monday in Ibadan that it was imperative for Muslims to be guided ahead of the commencement of the Ramadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammed.
The Islamic leader said that Muslims should observe the Ramadan and adhere strictly to the directives of government to check the pandemic.
“Ramadan is around the corner and Muslims will observe it. The holy Prophet Muhammed has instructed that in a period of pandemic, we should follow directives of leaders,” he said.
Akinola also stressed the need for Muslims to use face masks, observe social distancing and embrace regular hand washing or use of hand sanitisers.
“Ramadan is compulsory for all Muslims except those excluded based on certain conditions like sickness,” he said.
He further urged Muslims, on sighting the moon, to reach out to Alhaji Sa’ad Abukakar, President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), President, League of Imam and Alfas, and the Chief Imam of Ibadanland.
“We are appealing to people who specialise in sighting the moon to reach to the NSCIA President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
“Others you can reach out to are the Aare Musulumi, President League of Imam and Alfas as well as the Chief Imam of Ibadanland,” he said.
NAN reports that the federal and state governments had released guidelines and directives aimed at checking the spread of COVID-19.
Similarly, the Saudi Arabian government had announced the suspension of Taraweeh prayers in Mecca and Medina during the Ramadan in the bid to curb the spread of the virus.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
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