Islamic leaders in Ogun pray against COVID-19, lament mosques closure


The Islamic leaders in Ogun state on Friday, prayed  against the COVID-19 in the state and Nigeria in general .

The religious leaders under the aegis of  League of Imams and Alfas in the state however , lamented that the effects of COVID-19 have denied them access to their mosques  during the sallah .

The  league in its  message issued by its Secretary General in the state  ,Sheikh (Imam) Tajudeen Adewunmi , urged the faithful to obey the protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Lamenting the effects of COVID-19 on the religious activities , the body said “as was the case during Eid-l-Fitri, this year’s Eid-l-Adha prayers was observed in our different homes which tactically denied us of the usual inspiring Eid Sermons (khutbah), exchange of pleasantries as well as the supplications from the Imams at the Eid grounds. 
“May Allah SWT reward our compliance with His pleasure and accept all our prayers.”

While praying for quick recovery of those that have contracted the virus , the Islamic leaders said “as we celebrate, let us remember those who nurse one ailment or the other, especially those who have been confirmed covid-19 positive. 
“We pray Allah SWT to grant all the sick, quick and lasting recovery. And may Allah cleanse our land of all ailments and diseases.”
The body however lauded the state government for  its efforts towards curbing the spread and eliminating the virus in the state .

The statement read ” We will also use this occasion of Eid-l-Adha to appreciate our Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun (OFR) and his team on their pragmatic and dynamic approach to combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we thank them for assiduously working towards ensuring that our state is free of the virus. 
“We pray Allah (SWT) to further ease their tasks for a successful governance.We pray Allah to continue to sustain our spiritual leaders with right guidance, abundant wisdom and acceptance of iba’dah and supplications. 
“May it please Allah SWT that we witness more Eid-l-Adha in sound health and prosperity. May Allah SWT forgive us, pardon our errors, bless our efforts with success in this world and grant us Firdaus in the Hereafter (Aamiin).”

The body enjoined  all Muslims to strive continually to imbibe all the lessons inherent in the slaughtering of ram in theirb lives.
It further advised them to  reflect the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah (teachings) of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in all our dealings. 
It read “We should work together towards the further entrenchment of the pristine Islam and the unity of the Ummah.

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