By Haroon Balogun
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and First Lady of Osun State, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola are some of the dignitaries that are expected at the Grand Finale of the Biennial Qur’an Memorisation Competition organised by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit (LSAU).
Other expected guests, according to MSSN Amir, Mallam Saheed Ashafa are two former deputy governors of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu and Alhaja Latefah Okunnu; former Senator, Lagos West Senatorial District, Ganiyu Solomon; Arowoshadini of Nigeria, Alhaja Muinat Shopeyin-Akande; Iyalode of Lagos and President, Fatimah Charity Foundation, Hajia Bintu-Fatimah Tinubu; Amirah Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Lagos; National Officers of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (South West Zone); Chief Executive Officer, Jaiz Zakat and Waqf Trust Fund, Maitama, Imam Abdullah Shuaib and Director Muslim Right Concern, (MURIC), Professor Lakin Akintola.
The competition, to be held in honour of the pioneer Amir of the association and former Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Late Alhaji Lateef Adegbite, would take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Gymnasium Hall, National Institute for Sports, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Speaking at a Press Conference, Ashafa said the competition is to ensure that Muslim youths are encouraged to learn and memorise the Qur’an.
He said: “We organise this competition to ensure that the knowledge of the Quran does not fade away with the numerous distractions confronted by Muslim youths in the challenging society that we find ourselves. This Project aims amongst others to stimulate the penchant for reading, pondering and memorizing the Qur’an among Muslim youths.
It is also aimed at engaging critical state actors on socio-economic development as enunciated by God in the Qur’an.”MSSN LSAU has pioneered the execution of this Project since 1999. We have provided the platform upon which a sizeable number of youths in the southwest have realized their potentials and are now HUFFAAZ (i.e. memorizers) of the Qur’an. We equally have produced youths who have represented the country in international competitions.”
The theme of this year’s competition, The Divine Compendium for Governance, would be delivered by Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdullateef Abdulhakeem.
Ashafa said the theme was informed by the challenges facing the country, adding: “With the topic, we want to show Nigeria and the rest of the world that the Qur’an remains the most reliable Book for good governance. The Qur’an addresses and offers practicable solutions to all human challenges.Often times, we complain that past leaders have not judiciously utilised our resources and despite our complaints things remained the same.
In a situation where all organs of government have failed us, the intervention of Allah is inevitable if we truly want the nation to grow. Our leaders must imbibe the teaching of Quran and fear Allah in all their endeavours.”