As Nigeria and other countries across the world battle with the coronavirus pandemic, Muslims have been advised to observe the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr prayers at home.
Legit.ng reports that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has given a directive that Muslims should observe the prayers at home as part of their observance of the COVID-19 protocols.
In this piece, Legit.ng walks you through the step by step guidelines on how to perform Eid prayers at home as provided by the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI).
The JNI, according to a report by Daily Trust, said the Eid-el-Fitr Prayer can be observed at home with family members or alone in case the person is alone.
Legit.ng gathers that the directive is contained in a statement released by the JNI's secretary-general, Shaykh Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
Below is how to observe the Eid prayer at home:
- The Eid-el-Fitr Prayers are two RAKA'AT.
1. Seven (7) TAKBIRAT are to to be pronounced in the first RAKA’AT, including the opening TAKBIR.
2. Then SURATUL FATIHA is read and any other SURAH, preferably SURATUL A’ALA.
3. In the second RAKA'AT, five (5) TAKBIRAT are be pronounced.
4. Then SURATUL FATIHA is read and any other SURAH, preferably SURATUL GHASHIYAH.
Since the prayers are to be observed at home, the KHUTBAH(sermon) is to be suspended.
Shaykh Aliyu, the JNI's scribe, explained that in some states where governments have decided to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer, strictest measures of distancing, face masks and sanitizers must be followed.
He recommended that neighbourhood mosques can be utilized in this case if it becomes necessary.
Meanwhile, Muslims are also urged not to forget the Sitta-Shawwal, that is, the six-days recommended fasting, that follows Ramadan fasting as recommended by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Kano State Council of Ulamas opposed the decision by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to allow mosques and churches to resume congregational prayers amid rising cases of Covid-19 in the state.
The clerics insisted that the decision could further increase the rate of infections in the state.
Legit.ng notes that many Nigerians have applauded the Sultan of Sokoto for the pray at home directive.
EiE Nigeria said in its reaction: "While the governors of Kano, Bauchi, Yobe & others have eased the lockdown. The Sultan of Sokoto has given a directive that Muslims should observe the Eid-el Fitr prayers at home to avoid large crowds.
"Thank you for showing leadership!"
Gimba Kakanda said: "We truly need pragmatic leadership in surviving this storm, and the Sultan has been quite impressive. It’s not a popular or convenient decision, but it’s one that has to be made."
"That's the difference between the knowledge and ........Long may you reign sultan," Imonofi Tanuti Lawal commented.
Pastor Babajide Adigun commented: "Good leader! Thinking first, before acting. The interest of his subjects, paramount to him!"
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