Worried about the high rate at which Coronavirus is spreading in Nigeria, the Ogun state chapter of the League of Imams and Alfas on Monday declared a three-day fasting to curtail the spread of the virus.
The Secretary-General of the Association, Imam Tajudeen Adewunmi, announced this in a statement in Abeokuta, the state capital.
According to Adewunmi, the fasting would commence on Tuesday April 7 and end on Thursday April 9 as part of spiritual efforts to end COVID-19.
Adewunmi disclosed that the fasting corresponds with white days in the month of Sha’ban in Islamic Calendar.
The cleric charged Muslims to use the white days which are the 13th, 14th and 15th of the Islamic month to seek Allah’s forgiveness on behalf of the whole world.
The statement reads partly, “The month of Sha’ban is noted for spiritual engagements and we urge muslims to use part of its days, most especially the white days , that is, 13th, 14th and 15th of the month (which correspond to Tuesday, 7th to Thursday, 9th April, 2020 to observe fast dedicated to seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy on behalf of the whole world.
“If Covid-19 is a creature of Allah, it’s powers cannot compare with the might of Allah Himself, for He is the Most Powerful and Gracious.
“We pray Allah save our nations from this pandemic.”
The League of Imams and Alfas also commended the Muslim community for maintaining decorum and following the directives of the government against social distancing.
It explained that the suspension of Jumat service in Ogun state was to be able to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The statement added, “It is a very difficult decision for us to take and for the public to abide, more so as it involves suspension of Jumah services all over. Definitely, it’s for our own good and the good of all.
“We beseech Allah for His forgiveness and mercy, that He removes the virus from our land so we can return to our Masjid in no time.
“Be that as it may, as we have promised to keep updating the Ummah on developments, we are using this opportunity to appeal to us all to continue to abide by the government regulations of hand wash, personal hygiene and stay at home policies.”
The body also urged the Muslims to use the lockdown as an opportunity to get closer to Allah and supplicate to Him the more.