A cleric, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Abdulraheem, has urged religious leaders to inculcate moral values in children to curb terrorism and other social vices in the country.
Abdlraheem, the Amiru and Leader of Abuja Chapter of Dairat Jafariyat Fitorikat Tijaniyat Islamic Organisation of Nigeria, gave the advice on Sunday at the Monthly Quran Prayer/Lecture in Abuja.
According to him, it is a known fact that education is the bedrock of a nation’s development process and Islam attaches great importance to knowledge and education.
“One of the purposes of acquiring knowledge is to gain the good of this world, not to destroy it through wastage, arrogance and in the reckless pursuit of higher standards of material comfort.
“Broad steps should be taken by our religious leaders to inculcate moral values in our children in the early childhood since their hearts will be pure at that tender age.
“Once we have that assistance in guidance, there will be no more violence or terrorism,’’ Abdulraheem said.
He said acquisition of Islamic knowledge was connected with ethics and morality which promoted virtue.
The cleric also urged Muslims to engage in right things and desist from wrong doing.
Earlier, the Chief Imam of the organisation, Alhaji Mufutaudeen Ajijola-Anabi, enjoined Muslims to adhere strictly to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Ajijola-Anabi, who urged Muslims to always seek knowledge, added that it would enable them to build a reservoir of knowledge and practice the religion in accordance with the dictates of the Holy Quran.
He urged Muslims to reflect on the birth and practices of Prophet Muhammad (PBUM) as they prepared to celebrate the Maolud Nabiyyi, the birth of the holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in December.
“Muslim brothers and sisters should use the occasion of the celebration of the Eid-El-Maolud to imbibe the lessons of the life of humility, sacrifice and sharing of the holy Prophet Muhammad(PBUH),’’ he said.
The cleric urged wealthy individuals to use their money for the course of Allah and to contribute their quota to the propagation of Islam