Muslims in Nigeria on Friday joined other faithful around the world to observe the 2020 Eid El Kabir celebrations.
Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead.
In Nigeria, the day is usually declared as a public holiday and the public enjoys off days while schools and most businesses are closed.
However, the celebrations that usually accompany the festivities in many parts of the globe will not be felt this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic just as the Federal Government has resolved to curtail its spread in Nigeria by advising people to observe all safety protocols especially physical distancing.
But despite the restrictions, preparation for the event appeared to be in top gear between Wednesday and Thursday as people were seen travelling and livestock markets were buzzing with sales.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Muslims a happy and safe Eid.
In a statement early on Friday, the President announced that he observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
He also urged all Muslims to put into practice the noble teachings of the Islamic religion and put the fear of God in their daily activities in order to make our society better.
Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also wished Muslims a happy Eid.
In an interview, he asked them to pray for those who have contracted the COVID-19 as well as those who have lost their lives to the virus.
He appealed to them not to fret about not being able to gather to pray but rather, reflect on the lessons of Eid-El Kabir and practice it in their daily activities.
“Not gathering for the Eid for this Sallah celebration is due to the circumstance and the environment and it’s for the safety of all of us and that is crucial.
“The essence of today in our religion is about sacrifice. So, demonstrate it, to be able to pray for our health, those who have lost their lives, pray for forgiveness for them,” he said.
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