Abuja – Dr Musa Olaofe, Chief Imam, Ansar-ud-deen Mosque, Abuja branch, has admonished Muslims to imbibe the habit of sacrifice and good morals in the society.
The cleric, who gave the advice while speaking as a Guest Lecturer at the 1438 Annual Hijrah Anniversary Lecture organised by the Abuja Muslim Forum (AMF), on Saturday in Abuja.
The lecture with the theme: “ the Significance of Hijrah to the Muslims,” was part of activities to mark the new Islamic year, 1438, which began on Oct. 2, 2016.
He said that the significance of hijrah was not limited to the Muslims or Islamic history, adding that it had reshaped socially and politically the Arab Peninsula and impacted on worldwide civilisation.
Olaofe, who is also the Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Abuja, said that hijrah taught Muslims to strive to be a source of blessing and relief to mankind wherever they find themselves.
The don added that the lessons of hijrah also encouraged adherent of Islam to remain persistent in standing for truth, no matter the cost.
He, however, lamented “today, those who call to the truth are rare and even those who do have little of the patience require to follow through. “
Olaofe, therefore, urged Muslims to learn from the struggle encounter by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and always put their trust before Allah.
“ Hijrah, no doubt, kindled the light of hope in the hearts of the early Muslims, who set a shining example for all Muslims, in every generation to emulate.
“ It is for this reason Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) adopted hijrah date to calculate months and years in Islam, in fact Muslims chose hijrah as the focal point to reckon their chronology,“ he said.
Earlier, the Ameer of the Forum, Malam Luqman Amoo said that the purpose of the lecture was to publicise the new Islamic year to the Muslims across the globe.
Amoo called on Muslims to endeavour to be acquitted with important Islamic events and contribute meaningfully toward the progress of the religion.
He said that the forum would undertake a philanthropic visit to the Nyanya General Hospital to offer assistance to patients on Sunday, Oct. 16.