Muslims Celebrate Eid-El-Fitr Across Nigeria

Eid Prayer Ground in Borno State

 

Nigerian Muslims have joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr.

Also known as Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, or the Feast of Fast-Breaking, Eid-El-Fitr marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.

The head of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar had earlier on Monday formally declared the end of the Ramadan fast in Nigeria.

Abubakar said the new moon marking the end of Ramadan was seen in states like Borno, Yobe, and Katsina. The new moon marks the end of the 29 days of Ramadan fast for Nigerian Muslims.

To allow Muslims to mark the day, the Federal Government had declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays.

The Muslim faithful thronged praying grounds across the country on Tuesday to thank God for the successful completion of the fast.

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Eid Prayer Ground in Bauchi State

 

Eid Prayer Ground in Taraba State
Eid Prayers at Ramat Square, Maiduguri, Borno State

 

Adamawa State Governor Umaru Fintrin and the Lamido of Adamawa observing prayers at the Yola Eid ground.

 

Eid Prayer Ground in Edo State

 

Eid Prayer Ground in Taraba State

 

Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle; his deputy, Mahadi Ali Gusau and other Muslims performing their Eid-el-Fitr prayers at Eid mosque in Gusau, Zamfara State capital.

Eid celebration in Minna, Niger State capital.

 

PHOTOS: Buhari Hosts Business Community, APC NWC To Break Of Ramadan Fast

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hosted members of the business community and the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress.

The President hosted them to a break of Ramadan Fast in the State House.

Below are some photos from the event.

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President Buhari with CEO Heirs Holdings Tony Elumelu, CEO Zenith Bank Jim Ovia and CEO Forte Oil Femi Otedola.
President Buhari with Executive Director Sahara Group Mr Tope Shonubi, Elder Statesman Ahmed Joda and Alhaji Aliko Dangote as he hosts Business Community and APC NWC to Break of Ramadan Fast in State House on 24th May 2019

Ozil Dines With Turkey’s Erdogan During Ramadan Iftar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) posing with German footballer of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil (L) in London. AFP

 

Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil dined with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a Ramadan iftar meal in Istanbul late Saturday, a move likely to cause a backlash after previous meetings caused controversy.

Images in Turkish media showed a smiling Ozil and model fiancee Amine Gulse, sitting at a table on either side of Erdogan at the Ottoman-era Dolmabahce Palace.

The iftar, the meal for breaking the fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, was also attended by young Turks ahead of Youth and Sports Day on Sunday, a national holiday in Turkey.

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In another photo, Ozil and Gulse were sitting in a room with Erdogan, joined by Fahrettin Altun, communications director at the Turkish presidency.

Ozil, who has Turkish roots, was criticised in March after inviting Erdogan to his wedding to the former Miss Turkey scheduled for this summer.

He had already sparked controversy last year when he was photographed with Erdogan, which led to Ozil becoming a target of xenophobic comments.

After their meeting in May 2018, Ozil’s loyalty to Germany was questioned and following a disappointing World Cup performance last year, he left the national squad and claimed there was racism within the German FA. The German FA dismissed his criticism.

AFP

Muslims Struggle To Observe Ramadan In Cyclone-Hit Mozambique Island

Rain, which is believed to be the beginning of Tropical cyclone Idai coming from central Mozambique, falls in the flooded districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in southern Malawi, on March 15, 2019.
AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP

 

Muslims in the cyclone-ravaged Mozambican island of Ibo are struggling to observe the holy month of Ramadan as most mosques were destroyed and food is in short supply.

The island on the Quirimbas archipelago off Mozambique’s northeastern coast was one of the regions worst hit when Cyclone Kenneth struck last month packing winds of over 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour.

Residents of the island, where the majority of the population is Muslim, were left without shelter and with few places to worship with estimates that 90 percent of buildings were damaged.

At one of the few mosques still standing, half of the roof was blown away by wind and prayer rugs were damaged by flooding.

Worshippers gather in one surviving section to say prayers. Female worshippers endure the harsh sun praying outdoors.

“Very few people are attending prayers because mosques were destroyed,” said Muzasufar Abakari, head of the village of Guludo.

Residents search for food to break the fast and survive mainly on high-energy biscuits handed out by aid agencies.

“As Muslims we observe Ramadan but there is no food to eat. On Friday (holy day) there was no-one because there is no wall at the mosque,” said Abakari.

The cyclone killed at least 41 people across northern Mozambique and displaced thousand.

Some people on Ibo have been sleeping in damaged mosques.

“People have been sleeping here because their houses were destroyed. With nothing – from clothes to food – God willing our prayers are answered and we will receive help,” said imam Saidi Cassabo, from Kumwamba village.

Before the storm, Ibo island, a popular tourist destination, was a haven of golden beaches, unspoiled coral reefs and lush greenery.

Buhari Breaks Ramadan Fast With Saraki, Dogara, Other NASS Leaders

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday broke his Ramadan fast with the leadership of the National Assembly.

Among those present were the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki; Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu; and Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara.

Others present include the Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, and Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan.

Details later…

Ramadan: Atiku Charges Muslims To Pray For Nigeria

 

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has charged all Muslims to pray for Nigeria as the month of fasting (Ramadan) commences.

The fasting which is observed yearly by Muslims worldwide commenced on Monday and the former VP urged Nigerians to take advantage of the period to pray for peace in the nation.

In a statement signed by him on Monday, Atiku also called on Nigerian Muslims to imbibe the qualities of discipline, abstinence, prayer and self-sacrifice.

Read the full statement below.

I greet the Muslim Ummah as we begin the month of Ramadan and I urge that we use this holy and August month to pray for our dearly beloved nation and its people.

Prophet Mohammed (SAW) said,”When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened”. Let us take advantage of these open heavens to make Ramadan intercession for the benefit of our country, our countrymen and women and for humanity as a race.

I call on one and all to remember that Nigerians are who would make Nigeria either great or dismal through our thoughts, words and actions. Therefore, Ramadan is an opportunity for us to rededicate ourselves to the virtues displayed by the Prophet.

Virtues such as brotherly love and community spirit, without which a country shall be just a hollow shell.

When we make ideals our goal this Ramadan, we will, by Allah’s grace, be able to reach a turning point in our individual, family and national lives that will bring about the rebirth of Nigeria as a nation that functions to provide peace, progress and prosperity to each and every citizen.

Therefore, as we use this fasting period of Ramadan to master ourselves through discipline, abstinence, prayer and self-sacrifice, may Allah (SWT) hear our prayers and see us through so that we will finish what we started today in good health and a sound body.

Some of our challenges may look like they will overwhelm us, but during the month of Ramadan, our connection and reconnection with Allah (SWT) makes our resolve stronger and our challenges weaker. We are thus able to gain a new lease of life and a powerfully divine paradigm of possibilities over impossibilities. This is the beauty of Ramadan.

May Allah bless you my brothers and sisters, may Allah bless Nigeria and may Allah hear your prayers. Amin

Atiku Abubakar
Waziri Adamawa
Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007

Ramadan: Buhari Calls For Peace, Progress Of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Muslims to pray for the peace, progress and prosperity of Nigeria.

In a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Buhari said: “Islam is a religion of peace that upholds the values of tolerance and mutual coexistence without a place for hatred and violence.”

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The President also called for religious harmony in the country, stressing the need for Muslims to use the fasting period to build a relationship of friendship with fellow citizens of other faith.

He also prayed for the continued peace, progress, and the wellbeing of the country.

Obaseki Asks Muslim Faithful To ‘Pray For Peace, Unity In Nigeria’

Edo Govt To Unveil State's EGRP At Alaghodaro Summit
(File photo) Godwin Obaseki

 

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has asked Muslim faithful to imbibe the virtue of piety and pray for Nigeria’s unity and progress with the commencement of the Ramadan fast.

Obaseki said the period offers Islamic followers in the state and across the country to draw close to God, live in peace with their neighbours and dedicate themselves to the virtues of charity and sacrifice.

“As Muslim Faithful in the state and across the world commence the Ramadan fast, I urge them to uphold the hallmarks of the period which include commitments to family, faith and community.

“The period is a time of reflection and dedication to God and as Muslim faithful observe this sacred devotion, they should remember to pray for peace, unity and progress in Nigeria.

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“I also urge Muslims in Edo State to pray for the progress of the state as they have always and ask that Almighty Allah continue to direct and guild those in the position of authority so they will continue to do His will,” he stated.

While stressing that the state government has benefited immensely from the prayers of Muslims, especially during the month of Ramadan, Obaseki urged them to continue in the tradition.

“As a government, we have enjoyed the support and prayers of Muslims faithful whose prayers have continued to guide us in delivering a better, rewarding life to Edo people,” he added.

Eid-El-Fitri: Ooni Calls For Religious Tolerance, Peaceful Coexistence

Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II.

 

The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the completion of the 2018 Ramadan fast, called on all to imbibe the spirit of religious tolerance to allow peaceful coexistence.

The monarch, in his Ramadan message signed on Friday by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, said the Ramadan month is one of purity and faithfulness. He admonished Muslims to henceforth abstain from any act of ungodliness, even after the Holy month of Ramadan.

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“I fervently believe you all have fulfilled the spiritual obligations attached to the holy Ramadan and come out with renewed spiritual energy, purified heart of kindness and forgiveness.

“You must rededicate yourselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity. Purify your souls, repent on your wrongdoings, observe self-sacrifices and devote your attention to ensuring peaceful coexistence with members of other religious sects as human beings serve one God,” Ooni Ogunwusi said.

Ooni is currently on a two-week peace and unity visit to Brazil accompanied by an entourage including 17 notable Yoruba traditional rulers drawn from the southwest states, Kwara State, scholars, priests, members of Herbal Therapy Society Of Nigeria led by Chief Akintunde Ayeni.

Muslims Celebrate Eid-El-Fitr Across Nigeria

Muslims Celebrate Eid-El-Fitr Across Nigeria
A file photo of Muslim faithful on a praying ground.

 

Nigerian Muslims have joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.

The Muslim faithful thronged praying grounds across the country on Friday to offer thanks to God for the successful completion of the fast.

President Muhammadu Buhari joined other believers for the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the Gowon Barracks in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

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Earlier In his Sallah message, the President urged Muslims to put the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season.

While congratulating the faithful on completing what he described as “spiritually significant month of sacrifice”, President Buhari also called on Nigerians to forgive one another and embrace peace in the land.

He said, “if people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society.”

He also asked religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity in the country and avoid making inflammatory utterances that endanger peace or promote conflicts.

Eid-El-Fitr: Embracing Peace Pathway To A United Nigeria – Ambode

Meanwhile, some state governors are also felicitating with Muslims as they mark the festival of the Eid-el-Fitr.

In his message, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State asked the faithful to continue to abide by the teachings of the holy month of Ramadan.

He further urged all Nigerians to love one another, irrespective of their religion, ethnicity or political inclination, in order to ensure selfless contribution to national development.

In Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode stressed that it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can begin a rebirth.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, he asked Nigerians to imbibe the tenets of tolerance and unity for one another as a pathway to building a strong and united nation.

Governor Ambode also asked them to promote love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood, which the period of the holy month exemplifies.

According to him, with brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens above all other things, Nigeria can overcome the numerous challenges confronting her.

Similarly, Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari as well as his Rivers and Benue counterparts, Nyesom Wike and Samuel Ortom, among others, asked Nigerians to live in harmony with one another.

Eid-El-Fitr: Almakura Urges Muslims To Remain Law Abiding, Live Peacefully

 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Tanko Almakura, has urged Muslims and all Nigerians to remain law abiding and also live peacefully with each other even as the fasting period season comes to an end.

In his Eid-El-Fitr message on Friday, the governor called on Muslims to be steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan in their daily activities.

He said,” As you are all aware, fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam aimed at strengthening our faith through spiritual engagements such as abstinence from eating, drinking and satisfying other desires from dawn to sunset.

“It also involves intense prayers, recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, as well as increased acts of kindness, charity and humility, among other moral virtues.

“As we come to the end of this year’s Ramadan fasting, therefore, I, on behalf of the Government and People of Nasarawa State, felicitate with all Muslim faithful in the State as we join millions of Nigerians and other brethren across the globe to mark the 2018 Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) celebration.

“I call on all Muslims to be steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through consistent supplication, perseverance, humility, hospitality, good neighbourness and, indeed, the spirit of sharing in our daily activities.

“It behoves us all, as good citizens of Nasarawa State, to continue to pray for the peace, security and economic prosperity of the State,” he said.

Speaking further, he warned residents in the state to avoid engaging in criminal acts as the government will not hesitate to punish the perpetrators.

He also asked them to pray for the nation’s leaders at all levels.

“Government will not condone any acts capable of breaching the existing peace prevailing in our society and will deal decisively with any individual(s) and groups whose stock in trade is to perpetuate crime, criminality and fan embers of disunity among the diverse ethnic nationalities in the State.

“Let us all put hands together individually and collectively to contribute our parts towards the sustenance of peace and security in our dear State.

“As we celebrate this Sallah, I urge us all to re-affirm our obedience to Allah’s injunctions as contained in the noble Qur’an and follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). It is also an obligation on us to pray for our leaders at all levels to govern with the fear of God and the virtues of justice, humility and service for the good of humanity,” he said.

Furthermore, the governor called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and other security agencies to intensify their efforts at ensuring a peaceful society, especially during the festive period.

Ramadan Fast Sparks Debate Ahead Of World Cup

Muslim devotees perform a special evening prayer during the holy month of Ramadan in a mosque in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on June 12, 2018. PHOTO: Madaree TOHLALA/AFP

 

Should top athletes fast during Ramadan? The question has provoked an often heated debate in Muslim countries, particularly as national teams prepare for the 2018 World Cup.

For Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco — four Muslim-majority countries competing in this year’s World Cup in Russia — the end of the Muslim holy month on Thursday coincides with the tournament’s kick-off.

Throughout Ramadan, observant Muslims are expected to abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

The traditional fast has long proved divisive among players, fans, coaches and preachers — and this year was no different.

In the lead up to World Cup play, Egypt’s failure to win any of its pre-tournament friendly matches — three of which were played during Ramadan — brought strong criticism from its fans.

But despite their lacklustre performance, The Pharaohs remained “determined” to fast the entire month, according to a statement put out by the Egyptian Football Association in late May.

‘Affected performance’

After the team’s 0-0 draw against Colombia on June 1, The Pharaohs’ Argentinian coach Hector Cuper said the Ramadan fast had “affected the players” performance.

Cuper’s comments came shortly after Egyptian superstar forward Mohamed Salah was injured while playing for Liverpool in the European Champions League final.

An observant Muslim, Salah decided not to fast ahead of the May 26 match in Kiev against Real Madrid — which Liverpool lost 3-1.

A Kuwaiti sheikh said Salah’s injured shoulder — which kept him out of the remaining friendly matches — was “divine punishment”.

But religious figures and citizens across the region rushed to defend Salah — beloved both in Egypt and across the Arab world.

In Saudi Arabia — home to Islam’s two holiest sites — the kingdom’s football federation sparked controversy earlier this year when it ruled players could abstain from the fast if they applied for a “permit”.

The decision angered Saudis, who denounced it on social media.

But prominent religious leader Saleh al-Maghamsi upheld the ruling, saying Saudi players headed to the World Cup had “the right not to fast, if they want, because they will be travelling”.

Travel is among several conditions that absolve practising Muslims from the normally obligatory fast.

In Tunisia, players organised their schedule around fasting hours, training just before iftar — the breaking of the fast.

“Sport and fasting is a difficult equation, it’s also an old debate that will not end,” wrote Tunisian French-language newspaper La Presse.

“Maybe science will make some progress and we’ll come up with new ways for high-level athletes to observe Ramadan without that question arising too often,” it wrote.

Well aware of the delicate debate, Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard told a press briefing at the end of May that he “did not want to deal with it, deliberately, because it is a sensitive subject”.

The Higher Council of Ulema, the only religious body in Morocco that can issue fatwas, has also remained silent on the matter.

‘Balanced diet’

The highest Sunni religious authority in Egypt, Al-Azhar, has taken a measured approach to the topic.

“If athletes have difficulty reaching the limit of their ability to combine fasting and the fulfilment of their duties, they can break their fast,” Al-Azhar’s International Center for Electronic Fatwa told AFP.

But Egyptian sports doctor Sherif Azmy thinks otherwise.

He insists that fasting, when well-planned, does not interfere with athletic performance.

“For an athlete, and especially a footballer, it is necessary during Ramadan to maintain a balanced diet,” he said.

Despite the daily fast, adequate proportions of protein, fat, sugar, carbohydrates and especially water should be consumed in three staggered meals, he said.

Azmy said FIFA’s guidelines also make room for fasting players.

The rules, he said, indicate that “no match should be held until three or four hours after iftar,” allowing players enough time to break their fast well ahead of the game.

AFP