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Published On: Fri, Mar 20th, 2020

NSCIA bars persons with coronavirus symptoms from mosque

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By Mahmud Isa

The Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has said that any person with the symptoms of coronavirus should not be allowed inside the mosque.
Briefing journalists in Abuja yesterday , the Deputy Secretary-General of NSCIA, Professor Salisu Shehu, said measures are needed to be taken to stop the spread of the virus.
He advised Muslims to adhere to the advice of authorities on the best ways to present the spread of the virus.
He, therefore, called on Imams and other Islamic leaders to ensure that no person with symptoms of coronavirus or suspected cases of the virus are allowed into the Mosque.
According to Prof. Shehu, “The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of it’s
President-General, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar, CFR,mni., has keenly followed the developments around the COVID-19 pandemic globally, and the situation in Nigeria in particular. It is pertinent to note that this strain of the coronavirus is the most virulent that the world has had to deal with in recent times; and it is important not to trivialize, oversimplify or politicise the issue.
“As it is known to all, Islam is not just a religion in the narrow sense of the word. It is a comprehensive and complete way of life. It has provided guidance to humanity in all aspects of our life.The Prophet (s.a.w.) had given us universal guidance on how to behave and conduct ourselves in a pandemic situation like the one which the world has found itself today.
“He says in a Hadith reported by Imam al-Bukhari on the authority of AbdurRahman ibn Auf that, “whenever you hear of epidemic do not travel to the affected place, and those already in the place should not travel out to other (unaffected) places. It is pertinent to point out that if countries in the world today had abided to this teaching of the Prophet (s.a.w) the disease would not have quickly and easily spreader to other parts of the world. However, it is clear that measures taken at quarantining infected persons, prohibiting indiscriminate crowding and banning travels are all in line with the teaching of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).”
He said that in the event of confirmed emergence of the infection in several figures, regarding the congregational prayers, in such affected places, including the Friday prayers, funeral prayers, tarawih prayers and Eid prayers; people with compromised immunity such as the elderly, children, those with underlying health conditions amongst others should observe their prayers in their homes or wherever they are, and pray Zuhr in place of the Friday (Jum’ah) prayers.
“Regarding the Hajj and Umrah, it is obligatory to adhere to all directives issued by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which are geared towards ensuring the well-being and safety of all; and are made in consultation with relevant knowledgeable stakeholders for common good.
“We urge mosques and Islamic centres to strongly discourage members from attending any mosque activities even if they are only experiencing mild symptoms. The symptoms include respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. It is obligatory (wajib) for you to keep away and self-isolate if you have been diagnosed with Coronavirus in order to prevent the virus from spreading.”

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