The Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (ADSN) has cautioned Muslims engaging in congregational worship and other activities that breach the social distancing directives of the government.
It said although congregational prayers were more rewarding during Ramadan but the global health challenge posed by COVID-19 demanded that everyone adhered to social distancing.
ADSN President Abdul-Rafiu Sanni, in a Ramadan message to Muslims, said it was a trying time for all and preventive measures must be adhered to by Muslims.
“In this wise, you will agree with me that despite our challenges in our health sector, indeed Allah has been merciful to us in this part of the world and the minimum requirement of us is to adhere to stipulated guidelines of physical distancing, use of face masks, regular hand-washing and use of sanitisers,” he said.
He noted that it was necessary for Muslims to observe their fasting and prayers either compulsory or supererogatory, in their homes, to stem the community-wide spread.
Assuring Muslims Nigeria would soon get out of the pandemic, the president said efforts had been made by the organisation to assist Muslims with the performance of their Ibadah to ensure they do not miss any benefit inherent in Ramadan.
He said: “This year’s Ramadan Tafseer sessions will, Insha Allah, be conducted through dedicated online teleconference platforms such as Webinar, Zoom platforms, and others”.
Aside from this, the president said that the Society’s presence “will be intensified on all our dedicated social media platforms and the Ansar-Ud-Deen Half-hour radio programmes being sponsored virtually by all our State Councils throughout the Federation to cover the 30 days of fasting and even beyond”.