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COVID-19: Kano council of ulamas Rejects lifting ban on congregational prayers

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Kano State Council of Ulamas on Wednesday kicked against the decision by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to allow mosques and churches to resume congregational prayers in the state.

The Islamic clerics said the decision risks increasing the rate of infections in a state which has more cases than any other except Lagos.

Speaking on BBC Hausa Service, the head of the council, Ibrahim Khalil, said the government should have considered the continued spread of the virus in the state in its decision.

Khalil said had the government consulted with the Council of Ulamas, it would have told it to give priority to the health of the people.

Khalil said the ulamas were not consulted on Ganduje’s decision to lift ban on Congregational prayers.

“In this period of epidemic, since the government has allowed congregational prayers to hold, individuals can also decide for themselves not to risk their lives. Especially those with underlying illnesses should stay at home instead.

“Those that feel they can go to mosque, if they don’t have any problems can go ahead and pray in congregations. There is no sin for anyone that don’t go to mosque as far as he has concrete reasons,” Khalil said.

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