The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has commended the Egba Muslims for following the tenets and traditions of the holy Prophet Mohammed, and obeying government’s directives in regards to congregational Eid prayer after Ramadan.
According to the Egba Paramount Monarch, the Egba Muslim Community as well as many of their compatriots in Yorubaland and some other part of Nigeria, not only observed the guarding principles and practice of fasting during Ramadan, they also went further to obey the directive of the holy Prophet during the outbreak of a disease such as Coronavirus pandemic, now ravaging the whole world.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo recalled that about 1,500 years ago, the holy Prophet directed Muslim faithfuls not go to visit a City or Country where there was an outbreak of a disease and if they were there before the outbreak of the disease, they should not return home until the disease had been cleared.
This one and the half Century year old injunction had become relevant and should even be respected by Muslims and non-Muslims.
The Alake also noted with satisfaction that the Egba Muslims respected and obeyed the directives of government and Community leaders especially on ways to prevent the Coronavirus disease through personal hygiene, which included social and physical distancing, regular washing of hands, using of face masks, and so on.
Also commenting on the theme of the Mufasiru of Egba, Alhaji Taofeek Amolegbe’s lecture, “Abeokuta and Egba’s Proverbial and Accommodation Hospitality, Makes A Nation Great,” the Alake pointed out that Abeokuta as the Capital of Ogun State would sustain Egba’s Tradition of tolerance, friendships, and Hospitality.
Oba Adedotun thanked the Egba Muslim Community for accepting to send only five Muslim leaders to represent about one Hundred and Fifty, whom had annually been paying Sallah homages to him in the past.
He explained that his action was in due regard and respect for the government directives on preventing measures against contacting Covid19.
Speaking earlier, the Mufasir of Egbaland, Alhaji Taofeek Amolegbe, noted that the Alake’s and Egba’s traditional institution had impacted on Abeokuta and Egbaland, rapid growth and development.
Alhaji Amolegbe said that the holy Prophet Mohammed was in the habit of opening up his house, city, and any Country he was in charge of to all and sundry.
He reassured the Alake and the Government of Ogun State of sustained cooperation.
The leader of the five man delegation, the Olori Omo Keu of Egbaland, Alhaji Daudu Afuape, appreciated the Alake for even accommodating only five persons for the Sallah homage instead of the over one hundred that comes annually.
The Olori Omo Keu of Egbaland assured the Alake that the Muslim Community would continue to work hand in hand with the Alake and the government to achieve more positive divident of mutual understanding.
Other members of the delegation were, Alhaji Nurudeen Sowunmi, Arowasi of Egbaland, Alhaji Lookman Mosadoluwa, Agbopa of Egbaland, and Alhaji Abdul Waheed Gaosu, Ajanasi Egba Alake.