By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Arising from stakeholders emergency meeting on COVID-19 also known as CoronaVirus pandemic, the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) ABUTH/ABU Zaria has announced very sadly the suspension of the Juma’at prayers in line with sunnah of circumstances and government directives
This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary General, Muhammad Mustapha Yakub and made available to newsmen which also said it suspended the congregational prayers especially that of Zuhur and Asar where population exceeds 20 people.
The statement also said the mosque will remain open for individuals to observe their prayers because all health workers are not exempted from work and other places to pray than the Masjid.
Also suspended is the Jana’iza prayers within the hospital except proved otherwise by the IMAN COVID-19 response team and collaborators with the hospital team obeying all rules of safety.
The association enjoined Muslim community of the hospital and environs on the need to reduce the number of individuals trooping into the hospital for visitation as well as fully support the hospital management in civil ways to curtail such visits during this trying period.
They also suspended forthwith all programmes of the Ummah except very essential ones like food distribution exercise which has to be done strictly in compliance with established guidelines of health authorities.
It further stated that arrangement have been made to provide awareness and enlightenment campaign on COVID-19 to the community especially the Muslim population of the hospital and environments through safe methods with a view to dispel and correct rumour mongering and false Information regarding the virus and the preventive measures.