An Islamic scholar in Nigeria is against the decision of their government to close all mosques in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to him; Muslim’s are naturally immune to the virus. Dr. Abubakr Imam Aliagan made his argument claiming that Muslims already adhere to the safety precautions outlined by the world health organization.
He said Muslims wash their hands and bodies 5 times a day before praying and their women already cover themselves and noses.
“Again, our sisters are always adorned in Hijab, some even use Niqab and gloves. So, the Muslims already have a potent immune system against coronavirus. That is to say that we don’t have any problem.
“Even in France, I learned that those that are completely free from contacting coronavirus are Muslim ladies and women who cover their face, use hand gloves and don’t shake hands with people.”
“While those that are living there should not come out until the epidemic is wiped out. The prophet, by implication, is saying we should avoid the spread of epidemics with necessary precautionary steps.”
“I don’t think the Muslim Ummah and its authorities in Nigeria should toe the line of Saudi by banning congregational prayers in mosques.
“The situation in our country is quite different from what we have in the Arab world or even at some western countries. The killer scourge easily ravages their immune system and body. However, I am still saying we should go along with what the Prophet counselled.
“Which is that we should not take epidemics or any killer disease for granted. We should take all the necessary precautions. Any advice from health officials should strongly be adhered to and abided by.” He said