The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar has directed that Muslims should observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at home as part of adherence of the coronavirus protocols and to prevent its spread.
This is coming as the Sultan of Sokoto and Governors of some states in the north disagree over how prayers should be held. But some of the Governors have lifted the lockdown, allowing Muslims to observe congregational prayers.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State had declared that Muslims would be allowed to observe the Jumat prayer tomorrow and the Eid prayers.
Also, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed announced that Eid prayers would be allowed in the state with participants observing social distancing and wearing face masks. Other states like Yobe, Jigawa, Gombe, Borno and Zamfara have also opened mosques.
NSCIA Deputy Secretary-General Salisu Shehu, in a statement enjoined Muslims to note that Eid-el-fitr 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, which includes personal, community, national, environmental and health components, among others.