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Eid-el-Fitr: MSSN Urges Muslims To Shun Large Gatherings

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Tobi Adebayo 

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has appealed to religious leaders to encourage their followers to shun large gatherings.

In a press statement issued by the Amir (President) of the MSSNLagos, Dr Saheed Ashafa, urged Muslims not to neglect guidelines put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus as they celebrate the 1441AH Eid-el-Fitri.

Ashafa said, “We felicitate with all Muslims across the country on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. With the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands have died and millions have been infected and hospitalised. So, being one of those to witness the Sallah in this trying and challenging time is a huge favour from Allah.

“While we pray for the quick recovery of those undergoing treatment for the virus, we must be cautious and magnanimous in our celebration.

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“We all should be conscious of the reality of the COVID-19 battle in Nigeria. Therefore, we should not toy with the government directives on precautionary measures even with the ease on the lockdown.

“Many scholars have made us realise that Eid prayers can be observed at home, especially because of the situation we have found ourselves. It is baffling how some state governments lifted ban on public worship for the sake of Muslims observing Eid.

“While it is truly a time to celebrate, we must always remember that a strong believer is better than a weak one. We must give priority to our wellbeing and jettison the easing of the ban on religious gathering because it portends a greater danger for us.”

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