September 24, 2020

FOMWAN Calls for More Prayers to End Coronavirus

Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria, FOMWAN has called for intensified prayers to end the pandemic coronavirus. 

This is contained in a statement in Ibadan by the Amirah of Oyo State Chapter of the Association, Alhaja Bushra Oloso.

Alhaja Oloso noted that everyone at this critical moment must return to Allah, the Creator, in devotion and genuine repentance for an end to the global scourge. 

“Whatever problem or issue a Muslim is facing, he returns to Allāh for respite and His Messenger for guidance.  There is nothing that happens in the life of a Muslim except that it has been decreed hence Allah is not unaware of the pandemic. Let us pray fervently for Him to save us from it”

The Amirah said it was disturbing and disheartening the way the virus was spreading like wildfire to a number of countries, causing nations to close their airports, schools, institutions of learning, companies, markets  and borders, imposing curfews and restricting movements ,fumigating their towns and cities as well as setting up of treatment and isolation centers to curtail the spread of the virus.

According to Alhaja Oloso, this is certainly a trial from Allah who said in the Holy Quran, “Do you think that you will enter Paradise without such [trials] as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, ‘When


the Help of Allāh [come]?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allāh is near!”.

“Even religious and worship centers are not spared as many have been shut while thousands have been told to reduce the number of their worshipers or attendees. “

She urged Nigerians to observe all preventive measures including regular hand washing, a practice which is in line with cleanliness already grounded in Islam towards preventing all forms of infectious diseases.

While also calling on the people to equally avoid touching their noses and eyes, use nose masks at all times and practice social distancing, Alhaja Oloso appealed to residents of the State to stay safely at home as directed by Government and other  health officials and practitioners.

She assured of the readiness of FOMWAN to work with other Faith based organizations in sensitizing members of the public on ways of preventing the spread of the virus.

“It is pertinent to console with nations and families that have lost their citizens and loved ones to the pandemic. May Allah put an end to the rampaging pestilence”.

“Let me also appreciate Governments at all levels for efforts taken so far to contain the virus. Residents of all nations must however do all that is right in fighting the virus and avoid embezzlement of funds donated or earmarked to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. “

“The Nigerian Government must also put measures in place to cushion the effects of “stay at home” on the citizens like it is being done in other countries.

Ridwan Fasasi

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