- 2020 Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated differently due to the lockdown
- The federal government on Tuesday, May 19, urged all Muslims to remain in their homes during the celebration
- The government said that it cannot risk taking the nation to a worse situation
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Sad but true and realistic, the federal government has advised all Muslim faithful in Nigeria to observe the Eid al-Fitr celebration at the end of the Ramadan fast in their homes.
This directive was given by Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 during a briefing on Tuesday, May 19, in Abuja.
Aliyu stated that the federal government will avoid all decisions that will worsen the situation of coronavirus in the country.
He stated: “The eid celebration is an important milestone that we urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to observe in the safety of their homes.
“We’ve to make sure that whatever decision we make, we do not drag ourselves back to the beginning of the pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) had announced that Ramadan would start on Friday, April 24.
Legit.ng gathered that the NSCIA president-general and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, announced this on Thursday, April 23.
He confirmed that the new moon was sighted on the evening of Thursday, April 23, which indicates that Ramadan would commence on Friday, April 24, in Nigeria.
The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan would also begin on Friday in Saudi Arabia and most Arab countries.
Other Arab countries who have also announced that Ramadan will start on Friday include Kuwait, Qatar, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority.
During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to sunset.
Though Muslims also mark the month by performing special evening prayers, known as the Taraweeh, the lockdown imposed in many countries amid the novel coronavirus pandemic would not make that possible.
Many countries, including the Sultan of Sokoto, had asked the faithful to pray in their homes. Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar seen as sacred by Muslims for which they refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days — depending on when a new crescent is slighted.
The sighting of this new moon marks the beginning of another month, Shawwal, and the celebration of the Islamic festival, Eid-l-Fitr.
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