The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has called on the Muslim faithful to deepen their spiritual commitment in the remaining 10 days of Ramadan.
The Secretary-General, JNI, Dr Khalid Aliyu, made the appeal in a statement issued on Wednesday in Kaduna.
Dr. Aliyu said amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and many uncertainties, Muslims successfully started the year 2020 Ramadan fast in Nigeria, with the desired cooperation and unison.
“We are now set to conclude with the most rewarding part of it today, May 13, which marks the 20th day of Ramadan.
”This night ushers the start for the search of Laylatul-Qadr, the night of decree and honour, which is sought in the odd nights that is, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th days of Ramadan.
“Therefore, JNI, under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, is using this medium, to implore Allah to facilitate a successful observance of the remaining last nine or 10 days.
“May he also strengthens our faith in Him and relieves the world of the current pandemic, particularly our dear country of the difficult and trying moments we are all passing through, arising from the novel COVID-19.
“In spite of the challenges associated with the lockdown being experienced due to COVID-19, we have witnessed reasonable restraint, patience in our lives, servitude and dedication to Allah, the Most High, during this Ramadan.
Hence, we must collectively strive more to earn Allah’s forgiveness and mercy in this blessed month.
Dr Aliyu urged Nigerian Muslims to sustain the tempo and to maximize these last days by reciting more of the Qur’an.
“More importantly, we should watch out for the Night of Power, which often comes up in one of the five exceptional nights, according to authentic Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“We must use the avenue for an increased rendition of the Qur’an not only in understanding it better but in living in accordance to its tenets.
According to the general secretary, the spirit of observing daily obligatory prayers and the night prayers should be sustained at home in these special days, until an end to COVID-19 is declared by the relevant authorities.
“Similarly, we should pray for all the deceased in this very trying moment of COVID-19 pandemic.
“As many people are still dying on daily basis, yet some of us are careless about taking the necessary precautions, as directed by relevant health officials.
He called on government and other relevant agencies to rise to the occasion of sensitising the populace more.
“We reiterate our consolation to family members of health workers, who have made sacrifices and are very much at the frontline of the pandemic, as a result of which some of them have lost their lives.
Dr Aliyu also implored Muslims to intensify their generosity by giving alms to the poor, the needy and the orphans in the society.
He said this was more important now because many families were finding it unbearable, as a result of the economic challenges bedevilling the country, due to the realities of the pandemic.
He reminded Muslims of the Zakatul-Fitr (Ordained Alms Giving at the end of Ramadan Fast), which is supposed to be given out to the needy in the last three days of Ramadan or in the early hours of the first day of Shawwal.
Dr Aliyu said, in this case, the lockdown could extend beyond such days, going by the declaration of some state governments, we call on Muslims to remain at home with their family and observe the ‘Eid.
“We reiterate our call to the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the Ummah against all manner of misfortune, for relief from the myriad of economic challenges affecting the nation, particularly that occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.