Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has advised Muslims in the state to observe the month of Ramadan in a way that would not spread the dreaded coronavirus and endanger lives.
The governor gave the advice on Friday in Ilorin in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.
“I felicitate with the Muslim ummah on the coming of another Ramadan, a month in which God’s mercies are exceptionally abundant and His forgiveness far-reaching.
“I wish the Muslim ummah a very rewarding fasting season.
“Let us have our sahuur and Iftar in conditions that would not spread the virus and endanger ourselves and others.
“I fully appreciate the fact that this is a peculiar moment for all of humanity during which movement is restrained to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the interest of everyone,” the governor said.
AbdulRazaq called for understanding of all at this time of COVID-19.
He called for understanding of the Muslim community whose special acts of worship during Ramadan would be affected by the restrictions on movement and public gatherings.
“I am consoled, however, by the fact that history is replete with examples of the best of the Muslim generations having to suspend group activities on safety grounds.
“I urge the Muslim community to remain true to the dictates of this special period while also praying to the Almighty Allah to shower His unqualified mercies on the human community and save us from all afflictions like COVID-19.
“I also pray to the Almighty Allah to grant every fasting person multiple rewards of the holy month of Ramadan,” the governor said.