The Chief Imam of the Almanar Mosque and one of the prominent Islamic scholars in Northern Nigeria, Adams Tukur has disclosed that all mosques in Kaduna state have closeyin line with the directives of the state government, the federal government and international health authorities.
In an interview with the vanguard he said that the actions of constituted authorities were in line with Islamic teaching and that God was ominipresent enough to listen to all prayers regardless of where it is observed.
He said” The closure of mosques during coronavirus pandemic is in line with Islamic point of view.
Islam enjoins Muslims to take precautions against all harmful things or situations. So these situations have originated from the Prophet (SAW).
He said if people are attacked by any illness, the people should restrict themselves from the area where the problem is identified and those who are not affected should stay where they are.
” They should not be allowed to go near the crisis area. This is the Islamic point of view and the step taken by the government as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus was line with the teachings of Islam.
“So Islam is always protecting human beings or humanity. So, banning congregational prayer is not banning the prayer itself. With the ban, you can’t go to the mosque but you are expected to remain at home and observe your five daily prayers.
” What the authorities did is in tandem with Islamic teachings. The only thing now, one can not interact with his fellow Muslims but if you stay at home and pray, in shaa Allah, God will accept one’s prayers. If you can remember during rainstorms season Muslims are enjoined to remain at home. Those who are in mosque should pray in the mosque. So there is nothing new here.’