By CALEB AYANSINA
Chairman of NawarUd- Deen Society of Nigeria (NUDS), Abuja Branch, Barrister Mustapha Adekola has called on Muslim faithful to remain peaceful and pray for the unity of the country, in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Adekola gave the admonition during a Reception/Luncheon organised by the Society in honour of Alh. (Engr.) Jamiu Afolayan, who was recently appointed, as the Managing Director of Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, by the Federal Government.
“Although the happenings around the world, especially in the Arab nations called for concern, this is the critical period that we need to be more united irrespective of our religion and ethnic background, he admonished.
According to him, “We should remain peaceful and prayerful, what is happening in Arab nations and all over the world is something that keeps us asking more questions, in this critical period of our lives as Muslims, I want to enjoin us to remain peaceful, relate with our neighbours irrespective of faith peacefully and be prayerful”.
Responding, the Celebrant, Engr. Afolayan noted that the lesson he derived from Nawar- Ud – Deen Society of Nigeria (NUDS) had been a propelling force behind his achievements, just as he lauded the society for associating with him.
Cleric blames loss of values on western influences
By OLAYINKA LATONA
The Proprietor of Darul-Falah Islamic Institutes, Alhaji Musa Agboola, has advised Muslim couples to hold on to the tenants of Islam in thier marriage relationship.
Speaking on the theme: “Causes of Broken Homes” during annual Ramadan lecture and Islamic award for excellence of As’hab-l-Yemin Society of Nigeria held at Iponri Muslim Community Central Mosque hall, Lagos, Alhaji Agboola lamented that that most Muslim families are at crossroads today as they allow western world to infiltrate their homes explaining that western model has resulted in conjugal infidelity, large scale marriage breakdown, high rates of divorces separations amongst others.
The President of As’hab-L-Yemin Society of Nigeria, Abd Ganeey Folabi Yahya revealed that the topic was chosen because of the alarming rate of divorce among couples in the country.
He further explained that if the family which is the smallest unit of the society is at peace the nation as a whole will have peace and tranquility.
He blamed loss of values in the society on parents’ abandonment of responsibilities towards their children; advising youths to imbibe moral values, avoid hooliganism, be responsible and live peacefully with one another.
Amuwo Odofin LG boss tasks muslims on Zakaat
By Providence Obuh
CHAIRMAN of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, has called on Muslims to see Zakaat as an important religious obligation, saying that nobody can claim to be successful until he or she impacts on others positively.
He also stated that Zakaat is a unique instrument for poverty alleviation, as wealth is transferred from the rich to the poor.
Adewale said this in Lagos at a Ramadan lecture, entitled: Zakaat: A Comprehensive Approach convened by Fatima Charity Foundation in collaboration with Amuwo-Odofin.
“The Zakaat payment to the less-privileged will automatically lessen the burden of the government and indirectly reduce the rate of crime in our community,” he said.
He however gave scholarship to a four-year old, Master Abdul Rahmon Aremu, for his brilliance in the recitation of the Holy Quran.
The guest speaker, Imam Abdullah Shuaib, Executive Director of Zakaat and Sadaqat Foundation said Nigeria is facing a lot of problems because people have failed to see the relevance of Zakaat in contemporary society.
JIBWIS set to provide foodstuff, clothes to orphans, prisoners
The Jama’atu Izalatil Bidi’ah Wa Iqamatis Sunna (JIBWIS) has said that it will provide foodstuff and clothes to orphans and prisoners in various states in the spirit of the Ramadan.
The National Chairman of JIBWIS, Sheikh Abdullahi Bala-Lau, made this known with newsmen in Yola.
Bala-Lau said the aim was to show love and give the beneficiaries a sense of belonging.
He said the group had directed all its preachers and members across the country to mobilise for the programme and ensure that at least, 5,000 orphans and prisoners benefited from the gesture in each state of the federation.
He also said that the group would sponsor the enrolment of school-age orphans into primary and secondary schools.
“Taking care of the needy is a big Jihad and that is why I want to appeal to all stakeholders, including government authorities, to do something about the growing number of destitute and the culture of begging in the country.