This is obviously not the best of times for the Muslim community in Idanre, Ondo state.

A town previously renowned for elaborate celebration of Eid-El-Kabir has been shrunk to a mere observer of this year’s festival.

The street parties, the infectious jamboree and unrestricted excitement that regularly dotted the festive season in the town were noticeably reduced to the bare minimum.

Muslim leaders in the town cited the death of one Alhaji Mukaila popularly known as Hajji Mukky as the reason for the low-key celebration.

"Hajji Mukky was a notable Islamic scholar that died at his prime. His demise was a big blow to all Islamic faithfuls in Idanre and it came at a time when we were getting set for the Sallah,” said Alhaji Abayomi Usman, the chief missioner of Idanre Kingdom.

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"We didn't instruct anybody not to celebrate but you know when someone is good and adored by everybody, his death will certainly have a ripple effect on people and that is what we are experiencing presently. 

"Alhaji Mukaila was a man of the people and he died when no one expected," he added.

In his own view, Sheik Lukman Adedeji believes that it will take a while for the town to shrug off the tragedy of his death.

"Last year, he donated ram to each iman across the town. And if any family does not know how to celebrate Sallah, all they need do is to inform him or go to his house. He was a blessing to us. 

"Aside all this, his father, Alhaji Olabamiji Alli who is still alive today was among the missioner who brought the Islamic religion to this town. 

"So I don't think it will be out of place for us as Muslim leaders to honour him and his father with a sober celebration this year."

Alhaji Mukaila was said to have died last Wednesday after a brief illness at the age of 54.

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