By Balkis Tijani.
The President of Abibakr As-Sidiq Philanthropic Home (ASPH), Mallam Abdulrazzaq Salman Sholagberu has congratulated the Muslim faithful over the completion of the Ramadan fast.
Abdulrazzaq, in a statement issued on Sunday called on Muslims all over the world to collectively pray for global peace during the holy month of Ramadan.
Describing Eid-il-Fitr as a time for love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness, he urged the Ummah to leverage on the season to make peace with their neighbours, relatives and friends, and resolve differences.
The statement read: “On behalf of Abibakr As-Sidiq Philanthropic Home, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid-il-Fitr. I would also like to extend my greetings and best wishes to the people and government of Nigeria on the occasion of Eid-il-Fitr.
“This holiday marks the end of Ramadan and is a time for celebration across the Muslim communities worldwide. I believe Eid-il-Fitr is a time for love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness, it’s also a time of joy and celebration; a time to make peace with all neighbours, relatives and friends, and resolve differences.
“I understand this is an extremely challenging and distressing period for all the Muslims in the world right now due to the effect of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on the entire World which has made us engage in a lot of spiritual sacrifices during Ramadan and that which will still continue hitherto.”
He added, “Let me also use this opportunity to urge Muslims in the World to act in adherence to the set guidelines that has been established in various communities in countries affected by the pandemic during and after Eid-il-Fitr celebration. We should not forget to follow the necessary safety measures such as regular personal hygiene, use of facial masks and social distancing.
“Islam as a religion of peace; it is permissible for Muslims to perform the Eid-il-Fitr prayer at home since the Coronavirus pandemic has forced mosques around the world to be closed down temporarily, which means the prayer can be performed individually or in a small family group without having to attend a large congregation.
“On a final note, I want to urge Muslims all over the world to pray to Almighty Allah on this day of Eid-il-Fitr Celebration to hasten the swift end to this pandemic, so that the world can be back into how It used to be, for the sooner the pandemic is over, the better for us all.”
Mallam Abdulrazzaq further reiterated the commitment of the Abibakr As-sidiq Philanthropic home to cater for the social needs of West Africans regardless of ethnicity, gender and religious belief and “also to give hope and serve vulnerable West Africans systematically by responding to their humanitarian and developmental needs.”