An Islamic cleric, Sheik Abdul Isola, has urged the Muslim faithful to trust in Almighty Allah for their daily provisions as they observed their compulsory 30-day fast in this month of Ramadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calander, started April 24, after the sighting of the moon, which was verified by National Moon Sighting Committee.
Isola, who is the Chief Imam of the Islamic Centre, Uwani, Enugu, gave the admonition while speaking with NAN on Friday in Enugu.
He said that Almighty Allah, the Most Merciful and Benevolent, always had a way of providing for His own that go about doing His will even in the time of hardship such as we have now.
“Almighty Allah the Most Merciful and Benevolent daily feeds the birds of heaven that do not cultivate anywhere as well as the large number of fish in the ocean that does not store food anywhere.
“I sincerely believe that He will definitely provide for His own this time, since He clearly understands the situation,’’ he said.
He, however, called on governments, organisations and wealthy individuals to provide for Nigerians, especially Muslim communities, neighbourhoods and households this period.
“The truth is that government, groups and individuals have been giving their widow’s mite but the present situation, which is known as a situation of `water don pass garri’ in our local parlance, is really hurting everyone financially.
“The way the current pandemic is affecting economic and financial standing of groups and individuals is terrible.
“However, we should not fail to share with our neighbours notwithstanding how small what is given looks like,’’ Isola, who is Chief Missioner of the centre, said.
He urged Muslim Ummah to use the period to atone for sins, repent and pray fervently for Allah’s mercy over the sins and negative life-style of men that must have brought coronavirus to earth.
According to him, coronavirus pandemic is the anger of Allah over sins and sodomy on earth.