COVID-19: All Unilorin mosques remain closed – Chief Imam

COVID-19: All Unilorin mosques remain closed – Chief Imam

Following the Federal Government’s directive on the gradual reopening of places of worship in the country, the Chief Imam of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Nasir AbdusSalam, has disclosed that the time is not ripe yet for the reopening of the religious centres of the University’s Muslim Community.
Prof. AbduSalam, who made this known Thursday (June 4, 2020) while speaking with Unilorin Bulletin, said that the position came “after consultations with relevant stakeholders in the community on 12 Shawwal 1441AH, equivalent to June 3, 2020”.
The Chief Imam said, “On 12 Shawwal 1441AH (3/6/2020) I held a wide consultation with critical Muslim stakeholders including members of Majlisul ‘Ulamaau, Unilorin Muslim Community (UMC) and the University authority on the recent pronouncement of gradual re-opening of worship centres nationwide. The contributions have enabled us to feel the pulse of stakeholders on the practical appraisal of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in our University environment viz a viz our religious obligations”.
Prof. AbdusSalam added that “the coast is not yet clear enough to reopen our Mosques as an enlightened and academic community”.
Lamenting the daily increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the State, the Professor of Chemistry reiterated that the Kwara State Government COVID-19 Response Committee has advised that it is safer to keep the Mosques closed for now in the interest of the individual worshippers and larger public health and safety.
He said that “the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) is still appraising the Federal Government’s release and yet to make categorical statement and guidelines for implementation”.
Prof. AbdusSalam, however, said that the Unilorin stakeholders also believed that there is the need to exercise caution and not to be careless with the lives of worshippers.
“Safety and sanitary materials should be provided before reopening of Masaajid (Mosques), and provision for regular fumigation after salaat must be made”, he added.
The Chief Imam, who however, reiterated that all Mosques on campus should therefore remain closed until further notice, advised all Imams on campus to join in the enforcement.

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