Ramadan: Use Umrah fund to feed poor under lockdown - JNI tells Muslims

Ramadan: Use Umrah fund to feed poor under lockdown - JNI tells Muslims

- JNI has advised wealthy Muslims to use their Umrah fund to feed the poor under lockdown

- The Muslim body gave the advice on Tuesday, April 21

- Khalid Abubakar, the secretary-general of JNI, also urged Muslims to give more charity to the underprivileged during Ramadan

The wealthy Muslims who had planned to perform this year's Umrah (lesser Hajj) at the Holy Mosque, Kabbah, in Saudi Arabia, have been urged to channel the resources to help the less privileged as the COVID-19 lockdown continues.

Daily Trust reports that the secretary-general of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said the call became necessary since the Umrah would not be possible with the current global pandemic.

Legit.ng gathered that he said Muslims should emulate Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in all their daily activities by putting a smile on other people's faces.

He said: “The Prophet (PBUH) was reported to be the most generous of mankind and he used to be at the peak of his generosity during Ramadan. Expectedly, as our role model, we should be seen to be doing exactly like Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Ramadan: Use Umrah fund to feed poor under lockdown - JNI tells Muslims
A congregation of Muslims observing their obligatory prayers.
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“This is a Ramadan with a difference as most people will be under lockdown, hence, they will certainly be in dire need of assistance. Our spirit of generosity should be fully activated in higher proportion so as to ameliorate the sufferings of the poor in our midst.’’

He also called on governments to assist the poor in the society and urged manufacturers and traders of essential commodities to lower the prices of their products.

“Bearing in mind that the month of Ramadan is fast approaching, we call on governments at all levels to assist in making life bearable for the downtrodden.

"Likewise, business enterprises and their owners should review downward prices of goods and services such that every ordinary man can afford,” he said.

He reminded Muslims that Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, supplication, Allah’s remembrance, and charity.

He enjoined Muslims to fervently pray for an end to the myriad of challenges bedevilling the world and Nigeria in particular.

“While we pray for our leaders to be well-guided and foresighted, they should equally fear Allah and remember that they will one day account for their respective stewardship,” he stated.

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He urged Muslims to adhere to the advice given by medical experts and Ulama’s advice on how to prevent contracting COVID-19.

“We must collectively shun the vituperations of extremists in thoughts and actions on any matter, as warned by the Prophet (PBUH),” he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Sultan of Sokoto and president-general of JNI, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, cautioned Islamic preachers against misleading their followers over COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

It was reported that Sultan gave the warning in a press statement made available to journalists in Kaduna, on Monday, March 30.

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