Muhammad Adewoyin, chief imam of Ar-razaq Mosque at Tanke in Ilorin, has cautioned Muslims against borrowing to fulfil the religious obligation of sacrificing an animal during sallah.
On Tuesday, Mr Adewoyin told journalists that sacrificing an animal during Salah symbolises obedience and devotion to Allah.
“Borrowing to fulfil this obligation is a way of imposing an unnecessary financial burden on oneself. Salah is not an opportunity to show off affluence or materialism,” he said.
The cleric, also the principal assistant registrar at the University of Ilorin, said it is common knowledge that celebrating with friends and family during the sallah period is Islamically recognised.
“However, Muslims are expected to spend responsibly during the Salah celebration,” he added.
Mr Adewoyin pointed out also that Muslims do not need to purchase new clothes or spend lavishly to celebrate sallah.
He urged Muslims in the country to be prudent generally while celebrating during the period.