By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Muslim faithful in Nigeria and all over the world have been enjoined to be calm in observing this year 2020 Ramadan fast under lockdown by observing appropriate safety measures from government and relevant authorities.
The admonition was given by the Bagii of Saki land in Oyo State, Sheik Abdur- Rasheed Adegoke in his congratulatory message to Muslim faithful as the Ramadan fast begins Friday.
“Though, this is going to be an unusual Ramadan, a Ramadan without the observance of Taraweeh prayers in congregation. Muslims spend the month of Ramadan to fast during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset and it is a time where families come together to celebrate but this year Ramadan will be different.
“With the world turned upside down, families and friends will not be able to come together in persons but we have to take solace in the blessings and rewards of the blessed month of forgiveness.
According to him, families, friends, and most especially the Jamaah of every mosque should make use of the social media to get connected during this Ramadan by forming Halqaat (circles) of religious discussion, saying Muslims should strictly observe the protective measures of social distancing during this pandemic.
The Adekilutoro 1 of Saki land said ignoring the instructions of the authorities will be tantamount to committing sins in Islam, adding that Allah is not only in the Mosques but Allah is everywhere, urging Muslims to observe Taraweeh at home with families.
“Giving charities and feeding the hungry and poor is an integral part of this month. Lockdown or restricted movements should not be used as excuse for not extending hands of fellowship to our brothers and sisters who are in dare need.”
Sheik Adegoke prayed to Allah to use this year’s Ramadan to end our sorrows and make it the beginning of our joy and victory.