By: Ade Adeleke
The Chief Imam of Akureland, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi Akorede has declared that there will be no jumat services or large gathering at mosques in the state henceforth in line with the Ondo state government’s directives that banned social, religious and political gatherings in an effort to stop deadly Coronavirus from spreading to the state.
Alhaji Akorede told Radio Nigeria Positive 102.5 FM in Akure that the League of Imams and Alfas in the state had suspended jumat prayers accordingly.
According to the Chief Imam, every Muslim faithful in Akureland and beyond should observe their jumat prayer and five daily prayers at home without doing it in congregation.
Also in an earlier statement, the Ondo state Chairman of the leagues of Imam and Alfas, Alhaji Ahmed Aladesawe who also the chief Imam of Owo, had directed Muslims in the state to stop observing congregation prayers as precautionary measures against Coronavirus disease.
LEAGUE OF IMAMS BANS ISLAMIC ACTIVITIES, SAYS IT’S A SIN TO GO AGAINST GOVT’S DIRECTIVES
The Chief Imam Of Owo & Chairman, League of Imams and Alfas, Ondo state, Alhaji Ahmad Aladesawe yesterday directed all Chief Imams in the state to comply with State Government’s ban on Religious activities in view of efforts to curtail the spread of the Virus in the state.
Alhaji Aladesawe in a statement personally issued by him noted that the on-going efforts of the Government and other stakeholders must be complemented by all.
According to him, the current outbreak of the Killer Virus requires the efforts of all and sundry for the battle to be won.
While Urging the Imams to be at the forefront of the crusade,the League Chairman urged the spiritual fathers to partner government in convincing the people on the reality of the virus.
He described disobedience to constituted Authorities as a great Sin in the sight of Allah as He had clearly mentioned in the Holy Qur’an that we must obey the constituted Authorities regardless of his or her faith.
He said the Qur’an had mentioned it since about two thousand years ago, how to handle a Killer disease such as the Coronavirus.
While saying that there is nothing bad to pray against the spread of any kind of diseases, the Chairman of the league Urged both Leaders and the lead to Hearking to useful tips coming from the health officials.