- Nigerian Muslim cleric, Imam Ali-Agan, has reacted after news that he said Muslims are immune to coronavirus made the rounds
- The Imam had reportedly condemned the stopping of the customary five daily prayers and the weekly Jumuat prayer at other worship centres
- Well, in a new post on social media, the cleric has maintained his stance on the issue and shared what he really thinks should happen
Religion is a very big deal for many people, after all, it is how they feel most connected to their creator and they do not joke with it.
However, religion in Nigeria has been described as the biggest problem of the people seeing as they are ready to suspend all logical reasoning once they feel it is not in line with their religion.
Just recently, news made the rounds that a Nigerian cleric, Imam Ali-Agan, spoke against the government’s move to stop public prayer gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to reports, Imam Ali-Agan while speaking in an interview with PRNigeria, said that the government should not make such move because Muslims are naturally immune to coronavirus due to their lifestyle of always covering their bodies, avoiding handshake and frequent ablutions.
Well, in a new post on social media, Imam Ali-Agan has spoken again on his stance on the issue after his interview went viral.
According to the cleric, he categorically commended Saudi Arabia’s move in helping stop the spread of the virus but that Nigeria should not toe their line by stopping congregational prayers in mosques.
The imam said that the way the government is going about it is as if coronavirus is synonymous with attending congregational prayers. He then made mention of markets and transportation as he asked if those would be stopped too.
He wrote: “On the shutting down of Mosques in Nigeria I maintained that the Muslim Ummah and its authorities in Nigeria should not toe the line of Saudi by banning congregational prayers in mosques.
I argued that the way the mosque is singled out is as if the coronavirus is synonymous to the attendance of the congregational prayers.
No one is talking about our Markets, both public and private institutions and our transportation system which is always overloaded.
I also mentioned a point on our immune body system that it is of great surprise that the killer virus is not widespread in Africa inspite of our health system which is next to zero.
On the issue of washing of hands as a precaution, I said this is in line with the Muslim tradition of ablution for the five daily prayers.
I concluded by saying that we should go along with what the Prophet counselled. Which is that we should not take epidemics or any killer disease for granted. We should take all the necessary precautions. Any advice from health officials should strongly be adhered to and abided by.
However, the reporter added sugar to the interview that has gone viral.”
Explaining further, the imam said that his son who has a Ph.D. (in view) in Molecular Medicine in America argued with his point and made him see reason why the banning of congregational prayers is a good move.
See his Facebook post below:
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