Ramadan: Buhari preaches Self-denial, help to the needy

By Ronke Ayantoye

As the Muslim in Nigeria begins Ramadan fast tommorow, President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished Muslim faithfuls to use the season for self-denial and to help the needy.

The president who took to his twitter handle on Thursday, 23rd April, 2020, congratulated all Muslims in the country as they commence the fasting.

Buhari warned that the usual Ramadan tradition should be avoided in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

He said “I congratulate all Muslims as they commence this year’s Ramadan fast, which is depicted by self-denial, universal brotherhood, austerity and helping relatives and needy people.

“These are also challenging times for us all. In this Ramadan period, the kind of socializing you are used to now risks spreading the Coronavirus.

“Virtually all countries are advising citizens to avoid large gatherings and have their prayers and meals individually or with family at home.

“We must all refrain from usual Ramadan traditions such as group meals and congregational prayers, because of the Coronavirus.” he added.

Earlier, the supreme council for Islamic Affair in Nigeria headed by Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV  announced the sighting of the moon in some parts of the country, thereby announced the starting of Ramadan on Friday 24th April 2020.

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