Cleric Issues Ramadan Messages To Muslims
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The Chief Imam of Area 10 Garki Jumma’at Mosque, Sheikh Yahya Al-Yolawi, has advised Muslims to increase devotion, generosity and sacrifice during this holy month of Ramadan.

Concise News reports that Al-Yolawi gave the advice while delivering Jumma’at sermon titled, “Significance of Ramadan Fast“ on Friday, in Abuja.

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The cleric encourages Muslims to invite others to break the fast with them at sunset and gather for the Quranic study, tafsir (exegesis of the Holy Qur’an) and taraaweeh (extra prayers performed by Muslims at night, after Isha prayer) and tahajjud prayers (a special Islamic prayer which is recommended – not compulsory though – for all Muslims).

According to him, anybody who offers a meal for the breaking of the fast of another person earns the same reward as the one who was observing the fast without reducing the reward of the fasting person.

He says that the significance and benefits of fasting to a believer could not be over-emphasised due to the number of mercies and blessings of Allah towards Muslims throughout the month.

He adds that fasting is a protection and a shield against the fire of Hell, stressing also that fasting had health, moral, spiritual, social and economic benefits.