Ogun League Of Imams, Alfas Declare 3-Day Fasting Against COVID-19 - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Ogun League Of Imams, Alfas Declare 3-Day Fasting Against COVID-19


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State has declared three days fasting over the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Muslims group in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Imam Tajudeen Adewunmi announced this on Monday in a statement .

Adewunmi said the three days fasting would commence on Tuesday April 7, and end on Thursday April 9, 2020 as part of spiritual efforts to end to virus. 

According to him the fasting  corresponds with white days in  the month of Sha'ban in Islamic Calendar . 

Adewunmi in the statement further charged the  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 is 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.

The Muslim leaders however implored Muslims to be doing  some supplication during the coronavirus period.

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