The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar III, has advised Muslims to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer at home with family members, or alone.
The Sultan gave the advice in a statement issued by by the Jama’atul Nasril Islam Secretary-General, Khalid Aliyu.
He urged state governments that have removed restrictions to ensure that the worshipers observe the strictest measures of distancing, face masks, and the use of hand sanitisers at the praying ground.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje earlier in the week announced that Muslims would be allowed to observe the Jumat prayer on Friday and the Eid prayers subsequently.
He also met with Imams in the state on protocols to be observed during the worship.
Other states like Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Gombe, Borno and Zamfara have also opened mosques.
Also, the National Coordinator, Muslim Media Watch of Group of Nigeria (MMWG), Ibrahim Abdullahi appealed to muslims to observe Eid worship at home.
The Coordinator in a statement on Thursday said ”We therefore call on all Muslims in the Country to abide by the order of the Sultan of Sokoto & President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar by observing their Eid worship at home to save the lives of our people”.
”Medical Experts continue to warn on the dangers of this virus – hence we sacrificed our 5 daily prayers by praying at home including the Taraweeh throughout this month to be safe. What are we to gain if we troop to the Praying Grounds in Federation on Sallah Day and later get the virus to spread? The gains made in the last two months of sacrifice would have been rubbished”.
The Group said having sacrificed the 5 daily prayers by praying at home including the Taraweeh throughout the month of Ramadan as part of preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19, it would amount to wasted efforts if faithful should troop out to the Eid prayer ground on Sallah day.
According to the statement, Prophet Muhammad has emphatically warned Muslims not to handle all communicable diseases carelessly to avoid pandemic .
The Group urges State Governors to enforce the lock-down order where the ban has not been lifted, while the States that allowed religious gathering must monitor the conformity with the Federal Government restrictions and observance of COVID-19 curtailment.
Eid-el-Fitri is a muslim event to mark the end of the Ramadan fast. It is expected to be held on Saturday or Sunday across Nigeria depending on the day the Sultan announces the end of the Ramadan.
The prayer is usually held at open grounds.
Abdulrazaq Bello, Ilorin