SULTAN OF SOKOTO SUSPENDS EID-EL-FITR PRAYERS NATIONWIDE
The Sultan of Sokoto and Head of Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), Sa’ad Abubakar III, has ordered the suspension of Eid-el-Fitr congregational prayers in the outskirts of towns and cities across the country.
This announcement was made by the JNI General Secretary, Dr. Khalid Aliyu.
The Sultan, who also doubles as the President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), admonished Muslims to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer at home with family members, or alone in the case of an individual living alone.
He also urged the State Governments that have reached concrete decisions to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer, based on their medical experts’ advice.
Abubakar further warned that worshippers must observe the strictest measures of distancing, compulsory use of face masks, and the use of hand sanitizers at the praying ground.
According to him, the authorities should consider using neighbourhood mosques if it becomes necessary to observe the prayer in an open space.
The Sultan also urged Ulamas to fear Allah and be mature enough in guarding their utterances and actions for the overall interest of the Deen and the Ummah.
The statement said, “Nigerian Muslims are, therefore, called upon to reflect their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through their respective lives, as the Lord of Ramadan, is still and shall remain The Lord of other months, and above all keeps the records of our actions and inactions.
“More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the Glorious Qur’an, for the prestige of the Muslim Ummah.”