Sultan of Sokoto urges muslims to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with caution.
The sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar issues a warning through the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to muslims to thread with caution as they prepare for the celebration of Eid-El-Kabir this weekend .
He advised them to celebrate the festival in their homes in line with the set protocols to curb the spread of Covid-19.
THE NSCIA had announced just a week before the Eid-El-Kabir that faithfuls should not hold the Eid prayer in congregation. The pandemic was not yet over and it would be to the detriment of the community for crowds to converge during celebrations.
In a statement released by the Deputy Secretary-general of the NSCIA and signed by Professor Sambo Junaidu, the chairman advisory committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council Sokoto, the Council said,
“As Eid al-Adha knocks the door, it is crucial to reiterate that we are living in unusual times where normalcy has become abnormal, including social gatherings and large congregational prayers. “Muslims are enjoined to note that Eid al-Adha is not a compulsory religious activity (fard) and at no point should it be observed if doing so will undermine the fundamental purpose of Shari’ah: security, a multifaceted concept which includes personal, communal, national, environmental and health components, among others. “This is to say that it is not over until it is over,”
The sultan also urged the muslims to look for new moon of Dhul Hijjah 1441 AH as the Eid celebration approaches. The statement also encouraged the faithfuls who are not going for Hajj to fast in their homes.