By Umar Salam.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has urged Muslims to comply with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar’s advice that Eid-el-Fitr Prayer be observed at home in view of the rising cases of Coronavirus in the country.
The Sultan had on Wednesday noted that Eid-el-Fitr was not a compulsory religious activity (fard), hence should not be observed if doing so will “undermine the fundamental purpose of shari’ah: security, a multifaceted concept which includes personal, community, national, environmental and health components, among others.”
A statement issued on Thursday by the Secretary-General of the JNI, Shaykh Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, outlined the resolutions of the committee mandated by the monarch to come up with FATWA for the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr Prayer.
It read: “Eid-el-Fitr congregation in the outskirts of towns and cities should be temporarily suspended. That, the said ‘Eid-el-Fitr Prayer be observed at home with family members or alone in case there isn’t anyone with him or her, at home.
“However, in states where governments have reached concrete decisions to observe the ‘Eid-el-Fitr prayer, based on their medical experts advice, strictest measures of distancing, face masks and sanitizers be taken to protect worshipers. In this case neighborhood mosques can be utilized if it becomes necessary.”
Giving step by step guidelines on how Muslims can perform Eid prayers at home, the statement explained that, “The ‘Eid-el-Fitr Prayers is two Raka’at. Seven Takbirat to be pronounced in the first Raka’at, including the opening Takbir.
“Then Suratul Fatiha is read and any other Surah, preferably Suratul A’ala. While in the second Rakah, five Takbirat be pronounced.
“Then Suratul Fatiha is read and any other Surah, preferably Suratul Ghashiyah.
“In the case of praying at home, as it may be, the Khutbah (sermon) is suspended.
“All above mentioned are based on the Hadith of Anas Bn Malik in Sahih al-Bukhari and Maliki School of law decisions, in Mukhtasar, as explained by Al-Kharshi and Al-Munah al-Jalil.”
It added, “Ulama should fear Allah, the Most High and be matured enough in guarding their utterances and actions for the overall interest of the Deen and the Ummah.
“Nigerian Muslims are therefore called upon to reflect their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through their respective lives, as the Lord of Ramadan, is still and shall remain The Lord of other months, above all keeps the records of our actions and inactions. More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the Glorious Qur’an, for the prestige of the Muslim Ummah.”