Ramadan: ‘Giving ‘ll alleviate plights of less privileged’
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Nigerians, most especially Muslim faithful have been urged to remember the less privileged in the society during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye who disclosed this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Alabi said the act of giving would help the less privileged in the society.
He also noted that giving at this period would reduce hunger and misery that the lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic might have caused.
Owoeye held that Muslims should heed Allah’s commandment which directed them to freely give out of what they have to those in need.
He also stated that as a Nation, what the people, leaders and followers needed to do at a time like this was to come together and forge a harmonious relationship to fight the community transmission of coronavirus.
The Speaker admonished that Ramadan’s evening prayers can be performed at home if it cannot be done at mosques due to the precautionary measures taken by government against the spread of the virus.
“We should at this period of Ramadan heed the commandment of Allah and let the significance of the holy month reflect in our relationship with one another.
“We should give special consideration to the needy and the poor by providing for them, by so doing, we will be cushioning the effect of the pandemic.
“It is not in doubt that this year’s Ramadan will be more subdued than usual, Muslims must have to balance the need to worship with the social distancing and stay at home orders that governments have imposed because of coronavirus pandemic.
He implored residents to support the government in its bid to contain the the community transmission of COVID-19 by ensuring that all laid down measures are adhered to.
“With our prayers in time like this, our nation and world shall be healed”. The Speaker emphasised.