By Malam Abudah
The recent concluded Qur’anic Recitation Competition held at Auchi, a muslim growing cosmopolitan town in Edo State, played host to the Muslim Ummah during the Quranic recitation competition which attracted varied levels of people with over thirty states of the federation and also two hundred and fifty-one (251) young males and females Muslim youngsters that competed in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
Apart from the exciting aspect of the exercise during which various prizes were won ranging from millions of naira to cars hosted by the Edo State Government, the 29th edition followed an earlier edition also hosted by the state in 2009 and facilitated by the Centre for Islamic Studies of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
Among the distinguished royal fathers that graced the occasion was H.R.H Dr. (Alh) Muhammad Sanusi II Sarkin Kano, the Emir of Kano.
The physical appearance of this
Royal father on the shores of Auchi Kingdom set this writer on a specific search at close quarters to really find out the enigmatic characteristics of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi during the ceremony: protocol wasn’t on my side, but his remarks at the closing ceremony, publicly revealed that the occupant of the Kano Royal Palace is a thorough bred of his ancestors.
Quoting fluently from the Holy Qur’an and then unfolding them in an enticing diction, one is not left in doubt that he is a scholar of sound Islamic tutorage, an inspiring motivator in totality of the verses of the Qur’an.
Hear him: “I am grateful to my brother, the Otaru of Auchi and the governor of Edo State. As we celebrate the participation, it isn’t enough to read the Qur’an, we should know what the Holy Book enjoins us to do, it’s not enough just to memorize it, but should follow and practice it, it’s not an ordinary book, it is a religious light.
We have people killing people somewhere, they are not true believers. Is there something wrong in the teaching of the Qur’an? It is the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens, any part that is not liberated must be liberated.
The Qur’an is the most noble doctrine. We have to fight for the integrity of true believers, the day of silence is over, our religion must not be distorted.
If your enemy comes to attack you and you don’t fight back, God will not help you. Pray, arm yourself and the state must protect you, until we citizens are ready to die, defending ourselves and this is the clear exposition in the Qur’an: you must be conscious and work for the rights and encourage the education of the girl child.
Finally, the doctrine of the Holy Qur’an must be encouraged further by really being true practitioners and this Thousands of listeners echoed Allahu Ahkbaah. This writer felt a rebirth nostalgia and wondered whether the insurgents wreaking havoc in the North East of the country are really Muslims.
The Shehu of Borno, His Eminence Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, the Royal father of the day called on the entire Muslim Ummah to rededicate themselves to the teachings of the Qur’an, pray for peace in the country and commended the Otaru of Auchi for his endless pursuit in propagating the growth of Islam.
Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, the Chief Host said, our traditional rulers should remain the pivot of unity of the country: “If we can understand the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and adhere to them, there will be peace in the country.
Unless we keep to the doctrine of the Qur’an, peace will continue to be far away. Some of our utterances are too challenging. We have to build a country wherein the ordinary and classified people can live together. I call on the political class to learn from our royal fathers the spirit of oneness”, he said.
In addition to the various categories of winners, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole announced prizes for the female and male first position winners, ranging from a car and cash prizes, to textile materials for the entire contestants.
H.R.H Dr. (Alh) Muhhamad Sanusi II, CON, Sarkin Kano was the main personality of the outing as this was his maiden trip to Auchi Kingdom since his ascension to the throne as Emir of Kano.