COVID-19: Observe Eid with decency, social distancing - JNI advises Muslims

COVID-19: Observe Eid with decency, social distancing - JNI advises Muslims

- JNI has advised Nigerian Muslims ahead of Eid-el-Kabir celebration

- The Islamic organisation urged Muslims to observe decency during the Eid prayer

- Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the secretary-general of JNI, advised that caution should be the watchword during the Eid and after the festivity

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Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has advised Muslims to observe the Eid prayer with decency and calmness, social distancing to avoid the crowd in order to preserve their health and well-being.

Daily Trust reports that JNI in a statement by its secretary-general, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, issued on Tuesday, July 21, in Kaduna, further advised that caution should be the watchword during the Eid and after the festivity. gathered that it then urged the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to engage in more spiritual activity and rededication during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah which are likely to commence Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

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COVID-19: Observe Eid with decency, distancing - JNI advises Muslims
Muslims praying during Eid prayer.
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“Some of the emphatically recommended acts expected to be performed in these days are Dhikr (constant remembrance of Allah, the Most High by glorifying Him and thanking Him), recitation of the Glorious Qur’an and frequent recital of Istighfar (seeking Allah’s forgiveness), exclusive obedience to parents, extending kindness to relatives, sharing with the poor and the needy, sharing of love, sympathy, making peace and reconciliation, and visiting the sick, among many other meritorious acts of worship.

“We should also use the opportunity to seek Allah’s forgiveness, adore and worship Him the more, as well as supplicate fervently for an end to the security-economic challenges bedeviling the nation,” the JNI said.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that Jigawa governor, Badaru Abubakar, cancelled all the Eid-il-Kabir celebrations and traditional horse Durbar during the Sallah festival in the state.

It was reported that the governor gave the order while speaking to journalists in Dutse, the state capital, on Tuesday, July 21.

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He said the initiative is in line with the state’s continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report had it that Jigawa was already winning the fight against the dreaded virus, stressing that there is a need to maintain the momentum.

The northwest state has not recorded any case of coronavirus for more than a month.

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

It was reported 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.

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