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An Islamic cleric, Alhaji Aminulahi Seriki, on Sunday told Muslims what to avoid while praying, especially during the ongoing Ramadan.

Seriki, Assistant Imam, Ansarul-deen Mosque, Fadeyi, Lagos, spoke at an annual Ramadan Lecture, entitled ‘`The Impact of Prayers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lecture was organised by Alhaji Moshood Salvador, a factional Lagos State Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

The lecture was held alongside `zakat’ – giving alms to the needy.

The cleric, who said that God commanded prayers for leaders, urged Muslims to avoid watching television while praying to avoid unanswered prayer.

“We should fully submit ourselves to God and concentrate when praying to Him.

“You don’t watch television or look at things going on around you while praying; such things are the causes of unanswered prayers,” he said.

Seriki added that President Muhammadu Buhari needed prayers of Nigerians for restoration of his health and God’s guidance to rule.

He urged Nigerians to unite to pray for the peace and unity of the country.

“I call on Nigerians to continue to pray for sound health for President Buhari so that he can quickly return to the country and continue the business of governance.

“I want my Muslim brothers to use the opportunity of the blessings the holy month of Ramadan offers to pray for the president and for national peace.

“God requires us, as believers, to always pray for our leaders because He gives power to them.

“We should obey this command and pray for the president and his men so that they can lead us well.

He said that most people did not have solutions to their problems because they underrated the power of prayer.

Seriki said that prayer remained a medium of communication between man and God.

He commended Salvador for organising the annual lecture, saying that it would go a long way to uplift participants spiritually.

Author: Yemi Olarinre