Muslims in Mararaba celebrated the end of Ramadan fast with enthusiasm, as they besieged relaxation centres inspite of the physical distancing directive of government, to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Some of them who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Monday, said that the month of Ramadan, also known as Islam’s third pillar of faith, is a month of mercy, and Muslims were expected to fast, give charity and be mindful of their way of life.
Nofisat Osho, a resident of Mararaba, said that although this year’s Ramadan fast was a bit different due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, she was able complete the fast with the help of Allah.
“It wasn’t easy carrying out the fast and it felt different because of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world for months now.
“I missed five days because I was “un-pure” during the fasting period, but I give thanks to Allah for the completion of the month of Ramadan.
“Pregnant women, women on their monthly periods, the sick and children are the only people allowed to miss the fast.
Hassan Jubril, also a faithful, said Allah’s mercy and peace was sought for by Muslims all over the world during the month of Ramadan and in his opinion, the month of Ramadan was the best month of the year.
Jubril said that he spent his time praying in the mosque and giving charity to the poor and needy, as he expects the almighty Allah to reach out to them too.
Aisha Musa, also a resident of Mararaba, said she was really happy for witnessing the end of the Ramadan inspite of the Coronavirus pandemic, as she vehemently offered her prayers to Allah with great expectations.
“I am really happy that the Ramadan has come and gone regardless of the pandemic, it has really been smooth and drawn me closer to Allah,” she added.
Fatima Abdullahi, another believer, said she missed the fast for nine days but hopes to complete the fast after the festive period.
“Although I missed the fast for nine days, Ramadan is really a month of dedication and must be obeyed, I hope to complete the fast after the Sallah (Muslim festival),” she said.
Hamza Yusuf, a Muslim faithful, who was visiting in Mararaba, said that that Ramadan was indeed a beautiful month for all Muslims and the period in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.
“Ramadan is a beautiful month for all Muslims around in the world. It is the third pillar of Islam.
Yusuf, however, added that the pandemic restricted them from many things like going to the mosque to pray and attending lectures, but they had to obey government directives on physical distancing and stayed at home to pray.
“Due to this current situation, we had to stay home and stay safe because of this COVID -19 pandemic.
“Islam admonishes us to stay home if there is an outbreak of disease.
“However, one of the things we missed due to this lockdown is going to the masjid (mosque) and some Islamic lectures we normally attend.
“But we have stayed at home, and also prayed for this pandemic to end,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the 30 days fast has its unique significance.
The first 10 days of the fast is for seeking the forgiveness of Allah, the second 10 days is for the blessings of Allah and the last 10 days is for freedom.
The search for the night of majesty (Lailatul Qadri) is believed that prayers are answered quickly and the heavens are opened as requests are answered by Allah.
The Muslim faithful are expected to fast for the whole month (29-30) days.
The fast, however, begins at the sighting of the moon and ends at the sighting of the moon, it is called the month of mercy.
The moon indicates the beginning of a new month.
Muslims are expected to practice good habits, reach out to the needy, read and assimilate the Quran, so as to continue in good deeds after the fast.