By Bashir Adefaka
Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for
Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has assured governments at all levels of his readiness to assist them in proffering solution to the complex problem facing the country.
The Amirul Mu’muni of Nigeria, a retired General of the Nigerian Army,
stated this during the closing ceremony of the just concluded 27th
National Qur’anic Recitation Competition, held in Gusau, Zamfara State
capital, where he urged Muslims to do good to all categories of people
regardless of their religious leanings.
He slammed adherents of the major religions in the country for their culpability in the protracted problem that has hindered the progress of the nation because of their failure to stick to the tenets of their respective faiths.
His words: “We urge ourselves to always do good to all manners of people as we also assure government at all levels that we are always ready at all times to assist in bringing solution to problem affecting our country.
“For us to have a decent society, we must first of all have justice. We thank the Almighty Allah for giving us the Holy Book which is sign to all of us as Muslims and even non-Muslims. I want to assure you that there is no problem of this world that the Holy Qur’an does not have a solution to.
“Our problem in this country and beyond, like I said a few days ago, is that we deviated from the teachings of our religion. We must go back to the tenets of Islam as Muslims for us to have a head way,” he said.
At the occasion, the Federal Government reiterated its commitment to law, order and freedom of worship in the country saying it was non-negotiable. Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo, who was special guest of honour at the programme, made this known as he noted that the essence of the programme was to learn the proper recitation of the Qur’an so that the youths would learn the book and all its sciences just as it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad, SAW.
The nation’s number two citizen said the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was making frantic efforts to ensure achievable quality basic education delivery across the country especially in the area of almajiri system where the need to ensure effective western and Islamic education delivery was vital.
“Our administration is making frantic efforts to ensure law and order
and to ensure freedom of worship. Furthermore, the national education
policy of the framework is to organize the number of children of
school age roaming our streets without basic education.
This has been reinstated by this administration to ensure effective western and Islamic education. We are pursuing this with vigour with the aim of attaining optimum result in no distant future,” he said.
In his lecture, the guest speaker and President, Islamic Education Trust (IET), Dr. Ahmed Lemu, impressed that Islam teaches everything about life; politics, economics, war, peace, leadership, followership and all others with no contradictory principle.
His words: “One of the principles of the Qur’anic recitation is that, when you read a verse, you ask yourself what are the meanings, what are the implications and how do I apply it in my daily life. And one of the individual and collective responsibilities of a Muslim is to hear the world of Allah and obey.
If a Muslim says he believes but he does not add the act of righteousness, his belief will be useless on the day of judgment,” he explained, warning that, every person in life is a shepherd and that each person will be answerable to God on the last day as to how he or she handles his duty as shepherd.
This year’s edition of the Qur’anic competition and prize giving ceremony was chaired by the former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sanni Yariman Bakura and had in attendance dignitaries from all over the country including the former President Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari; Governors Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wammakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa); former Governors Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Adamu Aliero (Kebbi) and Vice Chancellor of the Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Prof. Adamu Shehu and a host of others.
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