Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Muslims across the country to pray in their respective homes during the forthcoming Eld-Fitri festival if that is what the situation requires.
Abubakar in a statement signed by Professor Salisu Shehu, Deputy Secretary-General, NSCIA, gave this advice in view of the current coronavirus pandemic.
We gathered that the Eld-Fitri festival which signifies the end of the one-month of Ramadan fast is billed to take place on Saturday if the Ramadan fast is 29 or Sunday if the Ramadan fast will be 30.
Our correspondent recalls that Muslims in their large number usually troop out to observe the two-Rakah Eld-Fitri prayer in large congregation during the Eld-Fitri festival, but many are wondering what the situation will be due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sultan has however cautioned Muslim faithful not to panic again but observe the Eld-Fitri prayer in their respective homes on Saturday or Sunday if that is what the situation requires.
Abubakar in the statement obtained by us on Wednesday advised Muslims to be law-abiding in all circumstances while praying to Allah fervently.
He insisted that people all over the world at large and Nigeria, in particular, are under intense pressure, but despite the challenges, Muslims still have reasons to thank Allah because every bad situation could be worse.