Abubakr Imam Aliagan, a Professor of Islamic Studies in University of Ilorin, has told the federal government, the Sultanate Council and Muslim authorities, not to stop prayers in mosques in Nigeria over Coronavirus.
The Islamic scholar stated this on Wednesday, while reacting to the suspension of congregational prayers in the country over the pandemic.
The scholar, who is also an Imam of a Jumuat (congregation) Mosque, told PRNigeria, that Nigerian Muslim males should be allowed to observe their compulsory prayers in mosques.
He claimed that Muslims, especially women, have already been endowed with natural immune system to fight the virus.
Aliagan stated that health officials advice people to wash their hands, which according to him, Muslims do five times daily before observing their obligatory prayers.
“I don’t think the Muslim Ummah and its authorities in Nigeria should toe the line of Saudi by banning congregational prayers in mosques, he said.
“The situation in our country is quite different from what we have in the Arab world or even at some western countries. The killer scourge easily ravages their immune system and body. However, I am still saying we should go along with what the Prophet counselled.
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“Which is that we should not take epidemics or any killer disease for granted. We should take all necessary precautions. Any advice from health officials should strongly be adhered to and abided by.
“Again, our sisters are always adorned in Hijab, some even use Niqab and gloves. So, we the Muslims already have a potent immune system against coronavirus. That is to say that we don’t have any problem.
“Even in France, I learnt that those that are completely free from contacting coronavirus are Muslim ladies and women who cover their face, use hand gloves and don’t shake hands with people.”