In a bid to maintain the social distancing order, the Sultan of Sokoto-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has directed Muslims in Nigeria to pray at home with their families on Sallah day, as the ban on social gathering is still in force.
In a statement, the Secretary-General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, said, that the directive was a mandate to the JNI Fatwa Committee, under the leadership of Sheikh Sheriff Ibrahim Saleh Alhusainy, which came up with FATWA regarding the Year 2020 Eid-el-Fitr prayers.
He said that the committee came up with the decision so that it will not violate the social distancing order and also, to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
Dr. Khalid Aliyu said that ”Eid-el-Fitr congregation in the outskirts of towns and cities should be temporarily suspended”.
Also, “the ‘Eid-el-Fitr prayer be observed at home with family members or alone in case there isn’t anyone with him or her, at home.’
He also gave out directions to follow. “The ‘Eid-el-Fitr Prayers is two (2) raka’at. Seven (7) TAKBIRAT to be pronounced in the first raka’at, including the opening TAKBIR. Then SURATUL FATIHA is read and any other SURAH, preferably SURATUL A’ALA.
While in the second RAKAH, five (5) TAKBIRAT be pronounced. Then SURATUL FATIHA is read and any other SURAH, preferably SURATUL GHASHIYAH. “In the case of praying at home, as it may be, the KHUTBAH (sermon) is suspended.
All the above mentioned are based on the Hadith of Anas Bn Malik in Sahih al-Bukhari and Maliki School of law decisions, in MUKHTASAR, as explained by Al-Kharshi and Al-Munah al-Jalil.”
The Secretary-General pointed out that states where Governments have reached decisions to observe the ‘Eid-el-Fitr prayer, based on their medical experts’ advice, should comply with health experts advice by practising social distancing, wearing face masks and use hand sanitizers as measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.