Eid-El-Maulud: Follow Examples Of Prophet Muhammad, Buhari Charges Muslims

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Muslims to follow the ‘Shining Examples’ of Prophet Muhammad as they celebrate his birth.

In his goodwill message, President Buhari asked that Muslims put into practice, the great virtues famously known with Holy Prophet Muhammad and end the indiscriminate killing of innocent people.

“Putting into practice the great virtues for which the Holy Prophet Muhammad is historically famous and revered would have a far greater impact on changing our attitudes and behaviours than the best sermons ever will.

“The indiscriminate killing of innocent people, the kidnapping of female students and forcing them into marriage and conversion is contrary to teachings and personal examples of the Prophet Muhammad.”

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He added that the major challenge facing the image of Islam is violent extremism which has been hijacked by a minority who uses religion to cover up their criminal motives.

“Violent extremism is the single biggest challenge facing the image of Islam today which has been hijacked by a minority of misguided elements who are using religion to cover-up their criminal agenda.

“There is an urgent need for increased vigilance by Muslims in order to frustrate and stop the spread of violent ideologies that are causing human havocs and tragedies around the world.

“Extremism is like cancer that needs to be attacked in its early stages before it grows malignantly out of control and harms the society.”

President Buhari also advised Muslims not to allow their children to be lured and recruited by extremists who will ultimately destroy their lives and future.

While wishing the Muslim Ummah a peaceful celebration, the President urged them to use this occasion to renew their resolve in promoting tolerance, love, harmony and peaceful coexistence in the country.

Economic Recession Is Temporary Test On Transition – Aregbesola

Rauf-Aregbesola-Osun-State-governor-on-floodingThe Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday assured Nigerians that the current economic recession would soon be over.

Aregbesola said the present stalemate in the nation’s economy remains a temporary test on transition.

The Governor gave the assurance while addressing members of the state Muslim Community who gathered at Osogbo City Stadium to celebrate the Islamic New Year of Hijrah 1438, seen as a period after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Medina.

Mr Aregbesola urged Nigerians to remain patient and embrace the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the current hardship was being ameliorated.

He attributed the challenges facing the country to bad governance in the past, saying the country had gotten to a stage of putting her predicaments behind.

Too Much Of Sins

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the Office of the Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, noted that Prophet Muhammad migrated due to hardship faced in the course of preaching Islam.

He stressed that endurance in the face of hardship was exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, assuring Nigerians that the nation will get over recession.

Governor Aregbesola, who expressed confidence in the ability of President Buhari to bring the much desired change to all facets of the economy, said the APC-led administration would not disappoint Nigerians.

He advised Nigerians to be agents of the change they desired, stressing that “change begins with everyone”.

The Governor, however, called on Muslims to sustain tolerance to other religions by living together in peace, love and unity so as to enhance national growth and development.

Mr Aregbesola also used the occasion to admonish the people on the need to pay their taxes, promising that the tax would be managed effectively for the progress of the state.

Earlier, the guest lecturer, Sheik Muslim Husain Akinola, attributed the economic recession to too much of sins.

Speaking on the theme: “Current Economic Recession in Nigeria: Manmade or God Ordained?, Sheik Akinola, insisted that economic recession was caused by Nigerians.

Quoting copiously from the Quran, Akinola who is the Khalifa (heir), Sheik Abdul Baaqi Muhammad, Islahudeen Missionary, noted that Allah had warned against the current hardship period.

He stated that God had promised hardship for any nation that rejoiced in sin, maintaining that the only remedy was for everybody to repent.

This year’s Hijrah programme was organised by the State Muslim Community in conjunction with the state government.

Muslims Gather At Mount Arafat

Mount Arafat, HajjThe annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has reached its climax with 1.5 million Muslims gathering at Mount Arafat to offer day-long prayers and recitations from the Koran.

The pilgrims congregated from sunrise at the site and the vast plain which surrounds it, about 15 kilometres from Mecca.

Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad gave his last sermon at this location.

The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, which all Muslims are called upon to perform at least once.

Reports suggest Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, would not deliver the traditional hajj sermon for the first time in 35 years because of health complications.

Iran has boycotted this year’s pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia and Iran do not have diplomatic relations and are at loggerheads over a series of regional issues including the conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

Suicide Bombing: President Buhari Condoles With Saudi Authorities

Buhari, Saudi, Suicide BombingPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing in Madinah, which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city.

Condoling with Saudi authorities over the reprehensible attack, President Buhari said that the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.

“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said.

He asserted that the fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

President Buhari urged nations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe.”

President Buhari stressed that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.”

“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe.” he said.

Suicide Bomb Hits Saudi Cities Of Medina, Qatif

Medina, Qatif, Saudi ArabiaA suicide bomb attack has been reported in Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina, close to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

The Prophet’s Mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.

There has also been another explosion near a mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Qatif.

A witness said one explosion had destroyed a car parked near the mosque in Qatif as the suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque without causing any other injuries.

This was followed by the second explosion just before 7 p.m. local time.

Qatif is known to be home to many of the kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority.

The incident happened just hours after a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in the kingdom’s second city of Jeddah on Monday.

It was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Jeddah attack.

Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority and security services.

Charlie Hebdo First Cover Since Terror Attack Shows Prophet Muhammad

charlie-hebdoThe front cover of Wednesday’s edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the first since last week’s attack on its Paris offices that left 12 people dead, is a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad.

The cover shows the prophet shedding a tear and holding up a sign reading “Je suis Charlie” in sympathy with the dead journalists. The headline says “All is forgiven”.

Richard Malka was among the first to call for the magazine to continue functioning after nine of its contributors, including famed cartoonists Cabu and Wolinski and its publishing director, Charb, were gunned down last Wednesday by Chérif and Saïd Kouachi

When asked whether that meant more cartoons of Mohammed, which have been a regular feature in the magazine until last Wednesday’s attack, he replied: “Naturally.”

“We will not give in otherwise all this won’t have meant anything,” he told France Info radio on Monday, which broadcast from the magazine’s heavily guarded temporary offices at Libération newspaper.

“Humour without self-deprecation isn’t humour. We mock ourselves, politicians, religions, it’s a state of mind you need to have.”

“The Charlie state of mind is the right to blaspheme,” he went on.

The edition will appear on Wednesday in 16 languages, including Arabic, and will be sold in 25 countries.

Liberation published the Charlie Hebdo cover online late on Monday night, showing a man in a white turban holding a sign reading “Je suis Charlie.”

Charlie Hebdo’s past caricatures of the prophet appear to have prompted last week’s attacks, which left a total of 17 people dead.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, told the Today programme that Charlie Hebdo had no choice but to print the cover it had.

“You cannot have a march through the streets of Paris attended by 46 world leaders, 4 million people, climaxing with a shout of ‘We are not afraid’ and then not print the central object of contention,” he said. “Of course they are right to do that and I am afraid it is absolutely vital now that everybody stands up and defends their right to publish. You may not agree with what they have done, you may be offended by what they have done, but you should defend their right to publish it.”

Thousands of people showed their solidarity waving flags of France as well as several other countries, throughout the march which kicked off at central Place de la Republique.

Meanwhile, the partner of one of the slain attackers behind the three-day killing spree in Paris crossed into Syria last week, according to the Turkish foreign minister.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, had crossed into Syria on January 8, the same day that her partner Coulibaly is suspected of killing a policewoman outside Paris on the second day of the attacks.

Tambuwal Urges Nigerians To Help Achieve National Rebirth

TambuwalSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged Nigerians to use the period of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud to collectively reflect on the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and apply same to achieve national rebirth and cohesion.

In a message issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said Prophet Muhammad (SAW) promoted the virtues of diligence, hard work, and commitment to set objectives, adding that when imbibed, these virtues can help propel the nation towards rapid growth and development.

He said Nigerians should use this year’s celebration to pray for the country, adding that they should also reflect on the ideals of peace, unity, harmony and selflessness taught by Islam in order to build a stable nation.

“With peace, tolerance and brotherly love, we can build a country of our dream. We should therefore eschew all forms of vices as we continue our march towards unity, development and self sustenance.”

While expressing optimism that the year 2015 will be a positive one for Nigeria, Tambuwal wished all Nigerians a happy and successful Maulud celebration.

Governor Yero Says Aggression Is Un-Islamic, Recommends Prayers To End Insurgency

Gov YeroGovernor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has felicitated with all Muslim faithful as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan.

In a statement signed by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, Governor Yero prayed that Allah would accept all their acts of worship during the holy period and also forgive their shortcomings and reward them with Paradise in the hereafter.

He called on Muslims all over the country to sustain prayers and to be genuinely committed towards resolving the current state of insecurity plaguing the nation, especially in some parts of the North, stressing that Muslims should lead the way in the quest to build a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria.

The Governor further urged Muslims to uphold the spirit of brotherhood of mankind as enjoined by Allah, by promoting peace, unity and progress in the entire Globe.

According to the statement, “It is a duty on all Muslims to make sacrifices towards ensuring peaceful and harmonious co-existence with adherents of other faiths just like the holy Prophet Muhammad did during his lifetime”, adding that aggression of any kind is un-Islamic.

“I therefore enjoin all Muslims to maintain the virtues of the holy Month of Ramadan and make the practices during this period a lifetime habit. By so doing, we shall imbibe the acts of humility and respect for human dignity as enjoined by the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).”

On the role of his administration, part of the statement also read, “On our part as Government in Kaduna State, we remain committed to impartial and fair treatment of all citizens in the state, irrespective of whatever perceived differences.

“To us, what matters is the welfare of our people and we are determined to do good to all sections of the state. To us that is a divine obligation that cannot be compromised.

“I also urge all Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr to extend hands of friendship to citizens of other faiths in line with the divine injunction on all of us to do good to others as well as the practice of the Prophet of Peace, who showed love and mercy to all irrespective of differences.

“I wish the entire Muslim Ummah Happy and peaceful Eid-el-Fitr celebrations and may Allah sustain our lives to witness many more holy months of Ramadan in future.”

Global Islamic Body Condemns Boko Haram

abubakar-shekau-BH-leader2Top religious scholars working under the world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries said Thursday they strongly condemn the kidnapping of more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls, calling for their immediate release.

The kidnappings three weeks ago by the extremist group Boko Haram have led to worldwide condemnation. The group’s leader has used Islamic teachings as justification for threatening to sell the girls into slavery.

The Islamic Fiqh Academy, which is based in Saudi Arabia and dedicated to the advanced study of Islam, said that this “crime and other crimes committed by the likes of these extremist organizations contradicts all humanitarian principles and moral values and violates the provisions of the Quran and Sunnah,” or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.

The academy is part of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is comprised of some 57 Muslim majority member-nations.

Also on Thursday, the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission said Boko Haram is misguided to claim that the abduction of the girls and the threat to sell them off as slaves is in conformity with the injunctions of Islam. The rights body described the abduction of the schoolgirls as a “barbaric act”.

“Right to education is a fundamental human right, and is in consonance with the basic tenets of Islam,” the rights body said.

 

Aliyu Urges Nigerians to Reflect on Challenges Facing the Country

Governors of the 19 Northern states have felicitated with Nigerians, especially Muslims, as they celebrate Eid-el Maulud, which commemorates the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu

The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) through its chairman, Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu urged true believers to see the occasion as a period of sober reflection on the numerous challenges facing the country and to renew their faith in Allah and also pray for solutions to the challenges confronting the nation.

In a statement made available to Channels Television in Minna, the forum urged Muslims to continue to follow the exemplary life led by the noble Prophet Muhammad so as to engender the peace that is needed for growth and development.

The forum wished Muslims joyful celebrations and prayed for the warmth of Allah’s love to fill every home.