Islamic council calls for more prayers for nation, leaders

Fatima Hassan, Abuja

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has called on Muslim to pray for the country as they enter into the month of Ramadan.

The Director of Administration of NSCIA, Ustaz Isa Christian Okonkwo made the call in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja, the Nation’s capital.

Okonkwo urged Muslims to be their brother’s keeper by helping the less privilege in the month of Ramadan and to pray for Nigeria and the leaders.

”The entire idea of fasting is not to starve oneself but to be on a different spiritual plane. Allah has made fasting in the month of Ramadan obligatory upon every Muslim who is an adult, sane, and healthy. Muslims should therefore used this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance and help one another.”

Significance of fasting
The Executive Secretary of Abuja National Mosque, Ibrahim Jega also explained the significance of fasting and what is expected of Muslims in the mouth of Ramadan

”The most distinctive feature of this sacred month is the concept of fasting, fasting in month of Ramadan is obligatory because fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. During this time, Muslims are supposed to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual intercourse; one should try to develop such a close relationship and try to do charity,” Jega said.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar where Muslims fasting normally begins at the break of dawn and ends at sunset and last for at list 29 or 30 days.

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