I’tikaf suspended at National Mosque

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The Management of Abuja National Mosque has suspended observance of I’tikaf in the National Mosque to enable them plan appropriately towards next year I’tikaf using a model acceptable to the Ummah.

I’tikaf is a period of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days, devoting oneself to special prayers during these days and staying away from worldly affairs.

The Murshid Prof. Ahmad Sa’id Galadanchi said: “It is surprising how Muslim brothers and sisters from all over Nigeria have taken the Abuja National Mosque as a Makkah of sort and resort to traveling from far and near to observe I’tikaf in this mosque during the month of Ramadan . This practice must not be allowed to continue especially in view of the present global terrorism phenomena and the security challenges facing our dear country.”

However, President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), and Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has felicitated with the entire Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of the forthcoming Ramadan and prayed that Allah grant the Ummah the opportunity to maximise the benefits and blessings of the holy month.

A statement signed by Public Relations Officer, FCT I’itikaaf Welfare Management Committee, Yunus Salahudeen, further advised: “Brothers and Sisters are therefore enjoyed to henceforth observe their I’itikaaf this year at the Juma’at mosque nearest to their places of residence”.

The i’tikaf that is done during the last ten days of Ramadan is sunnat-i kifaya. One can perform it less than this, for a day or for a few hours. It is a condition that a person who is observing i’tikaf should be fasting.

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