An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has advised mosques in Nigeria not to re-open due to the dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MURIC in a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday, 18, suggested that mosques should remain closed until the federal government declares the country safe from the pandemic.
The group stated that it was unwise for some state governments to have permitted the re-opening of mosques. It warned Muslims not to rush to their graves.
MURIC called on authorities in Borno, Gombe and Zamfara state who permitted mosques in their states to reopen to reconsider their decisions.
“Reopening mosques at this time can be interpreted as withdrawing from the battlefield and leaving the rest of the country to face the fight alone. It may also be interpreted as disobedience to FG’s restriction on crowding,” MURIC said.
It advised the leadership of the Nigerian muslim community, namely, the Sultan of Sokoto and the president-general of the NSCIA to be consulted before the decision is taken to re-open mosques.