General Secretary of the office of the Ahlussunna Wal Jama’a, Yakuub Shuiab Arban has said that the association will observe this year’s EID UL ADHA prayers in an open space to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols
Mr. Yakuub said the office of the National Imam of Ahlussunna has gone into a memorandum of understanding with the COVID-19 medical team, traditional leaders, and the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs that praying in an open space is a better alternative to aid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
EID UL ADHA is the second official festival celebrated within Islam to honor the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God’s command.
Speaking exclusively to UniverNews, Mr. Yakuub stated that, the association has put in measures to ensure the safety the Muslim ummah.
“We sat with the stakeholders, I mean the COVID 19 medical team and the meeting was chaired by the minister of chieftaincy and religious affairs at his office. And we agree that, praying in an open space is far more comfortable than praying in enclose space because in the open spaces we can ensure social distancing better, the crowed will also be able to split themselves. The most important it is that the COVID 19 safety protocols to be observed to the hilt and that is exactly what we are doing. He said”
He further disclosed that the association will deploy its own securities together with the National securities come tomorrow, adding that anyone found contrary to breaking the safety protocols will be dealt with.
“We have our scout we commonly called the ‘AGAJI’ they will be coming in their numbers to ensure the crowed follow all the protocols. Further, there will be securities from the various security departments. So anyone who falls into the hands of the law will be dealt with but we hope and believe that no one will fall short of this because we are use to doing that, across the country we have sent it to all Imams”. He added.
Meanwhile, the Interior Minister Mr Ambrose Dery has declared Tuesday July 20 as a statutory public holiday as part of this year’s Eid-ul-Adha celebrations.
The day should be observed as such throughout the country, a statement signed by Mr Dery said
“The general public is hereby informed that Tuesday, 20th July, 2021 which marks Eid-ul-Adha, is a Statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country,” the statement said.