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Friday, April 17, 2020

COVID-19: Imam sacked for refusal to lead congregational prayers in Zaria

Zaria Local Government branch of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’a Wa’iqamatis Sunnah has sacked an Imam in Zaria for complying with Kaduna State Government ban on congregational prayers.

The affected Imam, Malam Abubakar Sarki-Aminu, has been leading prayers at Sheik Abubakar Mahmood Gumi Juma’at Mosque, Kofar Gayan Low-cost, Zaria for almost 40 years.

The JIBWIS Chairman, Sheik Sani Yakubu, confirmed the development on Friday in Zaria but declined further comment on the issue.

He, however, directed the mosque’s Committee Chairman, Alhaji Shehu Dan-Maikuli, to speak on his behalf.

Dan-Maikuli said, prior to the removal of the Imam, there were some issues between the sacked Imam and the mosque committee, which were resolved.

“After the resolution, it was agreed that the Imam should be organising monthly committee meetings to discuss problems and prospects of the Mosque, but after that resolution, we spent over four years without a single meeting.

“When this issue of coronavirus came, one day the Imam just stand up after leading Zuhur prayer and announced that as from that day he had suspended congregational prayers until the issue (COVID-19) is over.

“When I came for Asr prayer, I was told that the Imam ordered for closure of the Mosque. I called him on phone to enquire and he said yes he had ordered that the Mosque be closed,” he said.

Dan-Maikuli added that the Imam neither consulted him being the chairman nor other members of the committee before taking the decision.

He said they reported the case to the Chairman, JIBWIS, Zaria Local Government, who came on Wednesday and led Isha (night) prayer and thereafter announced the sack of the Imam and replaced him with Malam Ahmad Tijjani.
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