The President of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has ordered the immediate shut down of all the mosques in the Federal Capital Territory.
This came in line with the efforts of the federal government of Nigeria to stem the steady spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
“The NSCIA after consultations with Muslim scholars and other relevant
stakeholders, have concluded and ordered the immediate shutdown of all mosques in the Federal Capital Territory.
As hard as this decision is, it became necessary that Muslims should join hands with the federal government and its agencies in the sustained fight against the spread of the virulent Covid- 19 which the World Health Organization WHO has since declared a pandemic.
The decision to close down mosques is not alien to Islamic tradition and culture as it could be traced to the time of our noble Prophet, S.A.W. In such a situation, the (Mu’adhdhin) is asked to inform the believers to pray in their dwellings.
The NSCIA, therefore, solicits the cooperation of the Imams and all Muslims in the FCT to ensure compliance with this directive as it is in the interest of all and sundry”, he said.
Source: Voice of Nigeria