Sa’ad Abubakar, urged Muslims across the country to observe the upcoming
Eld-Kabir festival in compliance with the coronavirus regulations in their
President-General of Nigeria ‘s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA),
provided this advice through a statement released by NSCIA ‘s Deputy
Secretary-General, Professor Salisu Shehu, a copy of which was made available
to a source.
occurs on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah, the twelve month Islamic calendar, is a
day on which Muslims worldwide slaughter rams or any other approved animal
after the two mandatory Rakkah prayers, to imitate Prophet Ibrahim.
1441 Eld-Kabir festival was announced as Friday, July 31st.
the country on the upcoming 1441AH Eld-Kabir festival, Abubakar enjoined them
to observe the Eld-Kabir festival in their various communities and locations
according to the protocol established.
be law-abiding in areas where the ban on public congregational prayers and
socio-religious gatherings is still in effect, thus appreciating that thoughts
should remember that coronavirus is not just a Nigerian problem but a global
yet, during the forthcoming Eid al-Adha, Muslims will continue to behave
according to the protocol defined in their various communities and locations in
been removed from congregational prayers, Muslims will perform their Eid
prayers while continuing to take appropriate security measures about personal
hygiene, face masks and social distancing. It’s also best to stop large
gatherings in these places at one Eid ground in a big city. Alternatively, the
Eid could be carried out in area-Mosques to prevent unmanageable crowds.
on public congregational prayers and socio-religious gatherings is still in
effect, Muslims are guided to abide by the law while appreciating that
intentions supersede actions and acts are judged on the basis of intentions, as
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has said (Buhari and Muslim).
President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, the Nigerian Supreme Council for
Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni,
congratulates the Muslim Ummah of Nigeria and the entire Muslim world on the
auspicious occasion of the 1441AH Eid al-Adha celebrations. We hope to God that
He will give us the opportunity to see several more of it. Amin.
important as three Khutbahs (sermons) will take place within two days—the
Khutbah of ‘Arafat on Thursday, 9 Dhul-Hiijah, 1441AH, and the Khutbahs of Eid
and Jumu’ah on Friday, 10 Dhul-Hijjah, 1441AH. Yes, these are exceptional days
for every Muslim to reflect and optimize their unique opportunities and virtues
to invoke Allah’s grace and His blessings.
Muslims who are not on Hajj are urged to fast on the day of ‘Arafat, the ninth
day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, 1441 AH, equivalent to Thursday, July 30th,
2020, while earnestly praying to Allah for the forgiveness of sins and
salvation of the world from all diseases, particularly the destructive
knocks the door, it is important to emphasize that we live in extraordinary
times where normalcy has become uncommon, like social gatherings and large
prayers in congregations.
al-Adha is not a compulsory religious activity (fard) and at no point should it
be observed if doing so will undermine the fundamental purpose of Shari’ah:
security, a multifaceted concept which includes personal, communal, national,
environmental and health components, among others. This is to say that it is
not over until it is over.
fundamental goal of Shari’ah or “divine guidance”, popularly construed as
“Islamic Law”, which is a more befitting interpretation of its component,
“fiqh”, is security. In Islam, this security operates at five cardinal levels,
otherwise referred to as maqaasidus shari’ah or objectives of Shari’ah. These
are the security of religion, life, intellect, procreation and property.
requirements for life in every human society and it is a responsibility of
every society to uphold them. In support of the letter and spirit of maqaasid
shari’ah, the measures taken to implement COVID-19, including limits on the
observance of our beloved religious practices, are.
because of Coronavirus, the prevailing doctrine of necessity is not just a
Nigerian problem, it is a global concern.