COVID-19: Sultan of Sokoto besiege imams to pray & fast.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has urged Imams and all Muslims to pray, fast and preach about the Coronavirus in all mosques and during five daily congregational prayers in the country.

Sultan who expressed concern over the outbreak of the disease, also told Muslims to offer special prayer and fast against the further spread of the virus in the country.

A statement signed by JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, on behalf of the Sultan, who is also the Nigerian Muslims’ spiritual leader, further charged Muslims to observe strict adherence to personal hygiene to halt the spread of the disease.

The Sultan said all agencies charged with the responsibility of protecting the health of the citizenry, particularly the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control, to be up and doing in their responsibility.

The statement released on Wednesday in Kaduna, read in part: “Jama’atu Nasril Islam under the leadership of his Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto and President General of JNI, is worried and concerned about the spate of the deadly corona virus (Covid 19) and disturbed by the threat it poses to life.

“Apart from China, where the infection of the virus started, it spread geometrically to other countries in the world, ranging from Europe. America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Nigeria inclusive

“Each country is taking measures in curbing the plague of the pandemic of Coronavirus, by quarantining the suspiciously infected in order to avoid its spread, while the infected are being treated in special medical facilities.

“All Juma’ah and five daily congregational prayers’ Imams should mount strong advocacy and enlightenment campaign against the scourge and the epidemic nature of the coronavirus.

“They should include in their sermons and preaching the imperatives of taking serious precautionary measures of personal hygiene.

Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar

“JNI calls on all Juma’ah and five daily congregational prayer Imams to engage in special prayers during their sermons, preaching and other sessions for Allah’s quick intervention in wiping away the Coronavirus and all other diseases bedeviling humanity.

“JNI calls on the government at all levels, especially the agencies charged with the responsibility of protecting the health of the citizenry, particularly the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to do the needful in protecting the health of the citizenry.”


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  1. The 6th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא learns from the bottom of .ה to the top of .ו. This sugia addresses the possibility of even further simplifying the extremely complex subject of damages. The art of making logical deductions by which the sages strive to refine the concept of damages, this issue our sugia addresses.
    ותנן בבא קמא דף ט: כל שחבתי בשמירתו – הכשרתי את נזקו. הכשרתי במקצת נזקו – חבתי בתשלומין כהכשר כל נזקו. ותנן פרק שלישי. נשברה כדו ברה”ר והוחלק אחד במים או שלקה בחרסית, חייב. רבי יהודה אומר במתכוין חייב, באינו מתכוין פטור. ותנן פרק חמישי. כסהו הראשון, ובא השני ומצאו מגולה, ולא כסהו – השני חייב. כסהו כראוי ונפל לתוכו שור או חמור ומת – פטור. לא כסהו כראוי ונפל לתוכו שור או חמור ומת – חייב.
    שמע קולנו ה’ אלהינו, חוס ורחם עלינו, וקבל ברחמים וברצון את תפלתנו, כי אל שומע תפלות ותחנונים אתה, ומלפניך מלכנו, ריקם אל תשיבנו. כי אתה שומע תפלת עמך ישראל ברחמים: ברוך אתה ה’, שומע תפלה.
    Our sages teach: tefilla learns from
    שמואל א ב:א. ותתפלל חנה ותאמר עלץ לבי בה’ רמה קרני בה’ רחב פי על אויבי כי שמחתי בישועתך.
    As tefilla requires k’vanna so too the determination of restitution for damages. Worlds separate a person who sets a trap to inflict damages from accidents which likewise cause injury of persons and goods.
    Tefilla learns from Egypt. Tefilla, defines the avodat HaShem of the Cohen people. What causes Israel to abandon the Cohen faith?
    שופטים יז:ו. בימים ההם אין מלך בישראל איש הישר בעיניו יעשה…יח:א. שבט הדני מבקש לו נחלה לשבת חי לא נפלה לו עד היום ההוא בתוך שבטי ישראל בנחלה…כא:כה. איש הישר בעיניו יעשה. כלל, פרט, כלל.
    יג:א. ויסיפו בני ישראל לעשות הרע בעיני ה’ ויתנם ה’ ביד פלשתים ארבעים שנה. יג:ח,ט. ויעתר מנוח אל ה’ ויאמר בי אדוני איש האלהים אשר שלחת יבוא נא עוד אלינו ויורנו מה נעשה לנער היולד. וישמע האלהים בקול מנוח ויבא מלאך האלהים עוד אל האשה וכו’.
    נזיר כנג נזיר … שמשון כנגד שמואל. יעתר כנגד תפילה: שמות ח: כד. העתירו בעדי.
    The Book of שופטים teaches that Israel behaved without דרך ארץ among our people. Failure to behave with respect for the dignity of others – rips the social fabric of a society. Par’o too lacked דרך ארץ in his relationship with Israel. The ensuing plagues brought in their wake chaos and anarchy unto Egyptian society.
    Did שמשון behave with דרך ארץ on par שמואל? No, based on the conclusion of שופטים: אין מלך בישראל. The language of מלכות refers to a persons command over tohor middot. When tuma middot govern within the heart of Israel, we – as a collective people – break faith with the brit Cohen relationship. The Gemara of ברכות commands the halaka which requires that a blessing have שם ומלכות. The meaning of this halaka, that a person commands his tohor middot to rule over the tuma middot within his heart. Herein defines the blessing by which Yitzak did bless Yaacov.
    Whether Moshe sent to Egypt, or Hanna rejoicing over the birth of שמואל, the k’vanna of tefilla: the commitment by the Cohen people to dedicate tohor middot unto HaShem, as expressed in our social behavior among Yidden. Petitions to HaShem for things we want compares to the Goyim custom of Xmas. If we keep our part of the brit alliance, HaShem rains blessing down upon our nation.
    The closing blessing of שמע קולנו makes רמז to the Moshiach, from the commandment to set aside the house of Aaron, to the mitzva which sanctifies the generations of the house of David to obey the commandments and mitzvot, to the posok halaka established by the rabbis to this very day. The gradations of Moshiach as expressed through commandments, mitzvot, and halakot, they all refine the tohor middot within the hearts of the Cohen nation.
    As our forefathers endured the oppression of slavery, this harsh oppression caused a majority of our own people to resist their normal desire to view other Yidden with צר עיין or speak לשון הרע. Three years after the Shoah the nation state of Israel rose from the ashes of Europe, and Xtians went into moral exile – post poop Pius XII, the Church lost influence as the defining moral authority among Europeans.
    The classic concept of the prophetic mitzva of Moshiach learns from ישעיה. There that prophet employs the משל of עמנו אל. The casting off of local sovereignty conflicts upon the dung heaps of g’lut … unto the Assyrian devastating siege of Jerusalem. Israel made a tuma demand unto שמואל, to anoint a king to fight their wars. The king of Israel, not a man of flesh and blood but rather the sworn oath brit cut at Gilgal – Rashi tefillen – HaShem judged the Gods of Sennacherib just as HaShem did judge the Gods of Par’o. Herein defines the k’vanna of שמע קולנו.
    This concludes the learning on the 6th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא.


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