Suspension of Itikaf in Abuja National Mosque – Ramadan 2018 (1439 AH)

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful


All praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the universe. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah continue t be upon or Master and Prophet, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, his household, his companions and all those that follow their footsteps till the day of Judgement.
Islam is a unique religion that requires its adherents to perform acts of worship based on the dictates of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunna of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is common knowledge that the entire world is presently facing unprecedented security challenges. Nigeria our country is no exception. Thanks to Almighty Allah and also the present Government, the security situation today is better than in the previous years. Prevention is better than cure.

I’tikaf (Spiritual Retreat) is the act of going into seclusion in the mosque for the purpose of worshipping Allah (SWT) and staying away from all worldly affairs. During the course of I’tikaf a person sticks and adheres to or engages in performing nawafil prayers, reciting the Qur’an and or reading the Hadith. Observing of I’tikaaf is more prevalent during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan.

Prerequisite for a Valid I’tikaf:
1. Islam and maturity: The one to perform I’tikaf must be a Muslim adult.
2. Purification: Purity is a cardinal condition for a valid I’tikaf. A person in a state of janabah, a woman observing her menstrual circle or in a state of post child birth bleeding cannot go into I’tikaf.
3. Husbands’ / Parents’ / Guardians’ Permission is a necessary prerequisite for I’tikaf to be valid. it is not permissible for women to perform I’tikaf without the permission of their husbands / parents / guardians.
4. FASTING is one of the conditions for a solid I’tikaf. Aisha (RA) says “a valid I’tikaf must be attached to fasting”.
5. Abstinence from all sexual attractions. Allah (SWT) has decreed in the Holy Qur’an “Do not go near your spouses while undertaking I’tikaf” Qur’an 2:187

Undertaking a journey from one place to another for the purpose of performing ibaadat, including I’tikaf is neither encouraged nor meritorious except to the three mosques. The Ka’aba in Makkah, the Prophet’s mosque in Madina and the Mosque of Al-Aqsa in Palestine.

This is because praying in the Holy Prophet’s mosque is a thousand times more beneficial or rewarding than praying in another mosque and praying in Masjid Haram in Makkah is twenty-five thousand times more rewarding or beneficial than praying in another mosque.
In the light of the aforesaid therefore it is surprising how Muslim brothers and sisters from all over Nigeria have taken Abuja National Mosque as a Makkah of sort and resort to travelling from far and near to observe I’tikaf in this mosque during the month of Ramadan. This practice must not be allowed to continue especially in view of the present global terrorism phenomena and the security challenges facing our dear country.

The Management of Abuja National Mosque has therefore decided that observance of I’tikaf in the National Mosque is hereby suspended. Brothers and Sisters are thus enjoined to henceforth observe their I’tikaf at the Jumma’at mosque nearest to their places of residence.
May Allah (SWT) reward us all abundantly.

Administrative Secretary,
Abuja National Mosque

Briefing by the Admin. Secretary, Mallam Umar Jafar