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MUSWEN seeks collaboration to bolster economy against COVID-19

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The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), has urged governments at all levels, religious and social organizations and the entire citizenry to see COVID-19 as a common enemy and work individually and collectively to tackle it so that it does not constitute permanent threat to economic, spiritual and social well being of the human society.

MUSWEN, in a communique issued at the end of a webinar on COVID-19: effects and Muslims responses, said scholars and experts under the auspices of notable Islamic umbrella organizations such as the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and MUSWEN should put heads together and come up with the best ways to maintain meaningful acts of worship in the atmosphere of “the new norm”.

“Every individual should take personal responsibility to protect themselves against “COVID-19” by observing with every sense of seriousness, the recommended preventive measures advised by governments and experts; governments should however ensure that the health-care centres have adequate facilities to promptly handle fresh cases, while frantic efforts continue towards finding lasting remedy to the pandemic.”

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The communiqué signed by Executive Secretary, CEO, MUSWEN, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya also stated that: “Before mosques and other worship places are declared safe for use by worshippers, regular fumigation and the provision of hygiene enhancing equipment should be jointly provided as a matter of responsibility, by governments and worship groups to ensure that such places do not only remain open to worshippers but are visibly safe.

“Prayer remains the sword and shield of the believer; all believers should be constant in prayers and supplication, seek forgiveness of Allah, desist from evil deeds and show kindness to one another in order to attract the mercy and blessings of Allah,” it stated.

It however noted that: “Locking up of mosques is an aberration, it is an exception brought about by necessity due to the fast spreading nature of “COVID-19” and justifiable within the “objective of Islamic Law’ (maqasid al-Shari’ah) under the provision of “preservation of human life”; however, it is certain that mosques cannot continue to remain locked up perpetually in the circumstance of the “new norm”.

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