Ramadan: Cleric tasks wealthy Muslims on helping the needy, orphans
An Islamic scholar, Sheikh Yusha’u Abdullahi, has urged wealthy Muslims to be more generous by giving alms to the poor, needy and orphans, especially in the last 10 days of Ramadan.
Abdullahi said this in Kaduna on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
” People Living with Disabilities in our societies and many families who are living from hand to mouth as a result of the economic crunch caused by the coronavirus also needed help in this critical time,” he said.
The cleric reminded Muslim faithful on the need to give out Zakatul Fitr (ordained alms giving at the end of Ramadan).
“This is supposed to be given out to the needy in the last three days of Ramadan or in the early hours of Eid-el-Fitr before the commencement of the Eid prayer.
“We do not know if the Eid prayers would be conducted across states affected by the coronavirus, be it as it may, people who have the means must give out Zakatul Fitr.
“Muslim faithful should also endeavor to maximally put to use these last 10 days of Ramadan by reciting more of the glorious Qur’an and praying harder for a better Nigeria and solutions to end the coronavirus across nations.
“We must use the increased rendition of the Qur’an not only in understanding it better, but in living in accordance to its tenets and guidance, for dignity of the individual Muslim and the general,” he said.
Abdullahi added: “Indeed in the Glorious Qur’an lies salvation and other good virtues needed for the existence of man, therefore, the spirit of observing daily obligatory prayers, and Qiyamu-Ramadan (night prayers) should be sustained in these days and beyond.
“We should watch out for the Laylatul Qadr (night of power) which often comes up on one of the five exceptional nights within the last 10 days according to authentic hadith of the Prophet.
“We, nonetheless, reiterate our call to Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the general public against all manners of misfortunes and the coronavirus.
“They should also pray for relief and succour for the economic challenges bedeviling the nation.”
He called on Muslim faithful to seek Allah’s pardon in the sacred days and to pray fervently for his benevolent acceptance of their Ramadan fast and also never to return to abominable acts after Ramadan (NAN)