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Eid: The fact that Allah preserved our lives calls for happiness, gratitude – The Companion President

Eid: The fact that Allah preserved our lives calls for happiness, gratitude – The Companion President

The National Amir (President) of The Companion (an association of Muslim men in business and the professions), Alhaji Thabit Wale Sonaike has congratulated Muslims on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Acknowledging the uniqueness of this year’s festival as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said in a press statement that “ Even though it is a ‘ restricted celebration’ in which opportunity to observe the Eid prayer in the usual very large congregation in different open fields is absent, the fact that Allah preserved our lives to witness the Eid calls for happiness and gratitude to the Almighty.”

He noted that “Majority of fellow Muslims fasted in the month of Ramadan under harsh conditions largely because of economic lockdown,” adding that “ We must continue to share love, give generous charity and uplift one another even after the Eid celebration until the economy picks again.”

The full text of his statement is reproduced below:

BEING PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL AMIR OF THE COMPANION – ALHAJI THABIT WALE SONAIKE, TO MARK THE 1441 AH (2020) EID –EL FITRI CELEBRATION

On behalf of The Companion, I rejoice with Muslims in Nigeria and worldwide on the occasion of the 1441 AH / 2020 Eid – el – Fitri celebration. Even though it is a ‘ restricted celebration’ in which opportunity to observe the Eid prayer in the usual very large congregation in different open fields is absent, the fact that Allah preserved our lives to witness the Eid calls for happiness and gratitude to the Almighty.

In the midst of the lockdown and other restrictions, including curfew put in place by the government to prevent the community spread of the corona virus (COVID -19), I call on Muslims all-over to remain prayerful to Allah and beseech Him to be merciful unto His human creatures and remove the scourge from the surface of the earth so that we will have opportunity to return to the most preferred modes of His worship as prescribed by His beloved messenger – Prophet Mohammed (saw). It is also important to stress that this unusual time in which we find ourselves calls for greater generousity and kindness to the less privileged Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Majority of fellow Muslims fasted in the month of Ramadan under harsh conditions largely because of economic lockdown. We must continue to share love, give generous charity and uplift one another even after the Eid celebration until the economy picks again. While praising the government, corporate organizations, religious organizations as well as endowed individuals for the palliatives given to the poor and the needy in the past eight weeks or so, it is important to state that this assistance to the vulnerable must continue for a while until signs of improvement are noted in the economy.

All Muslims and indeed all citizens are hereby enjoined to remain law abiding by obeying all the health guidelines and rules prescribed by the government to combat the community spread of COVID – 19 at state and federal levels. The guidelines are for our own safety and to fast track quick return to normalcy. In this wise we admonish Muslims to observe the Eid prayer at home and celebrate with their families. We commend the President for the directive to pay the salaries of striking university lecturers in spite of the on –going ASUU strike in order to minimize the hardship on their families. We use this opportunity to call on both sides to resume dialogue in the spirit of give and take and put an end to the strike in the interest of all stakeholders and to safe public university education in the country from ruin.

Furthermore, the need to urgently build our ICT infrastructure including broad band communication for e – teaching and learning and the overall benefit of our educational system across all levels has come to the fore in the light of closure of schools on account of the corona virus. Government at all levels must therefore give it the priority it deserves. 21st century education has gone beyond confining teaching and learning to the four walls of the classroom. Furthermore, there is no better time than now for the government at all levels including our elites and political office holders as well as top civil / public servants to look in-ward for the solutions to our health and economic challenges.

Our health facilities must be seriously upgraded, local industries must be encouraged and assisted to source for local raw materials and we must emphasize the consumption of made in Nigeria products. The cost of governance must also come down especially in the area of bogus allowances for political office holders across board. In short the economy must be restructured with zero tolerance to consumption of foreign goods. Once again I felicitate with all Muslims on the occasion of the Eid and pray Allah to preserve us all to witness and celebrate many more Eid in greater happiness and goodness.

Signed

Thabit Wale Sonaike

National Amir (President)

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