How unity among Ulamah can foster tranquility in society
Unity among the Ulamah has been identified as a key factor in the quest to resolving the economic and social calamities befalling the nation.
Scores of prominent Islamic scholars who gathered at the 10th Anniversary/Award presentation ceremony of Papa Ajao Muslim Assembly (PAMAS) recently agreed that the united efforts of Muslim scholars would go a long way in restoring peace and prosperity to the country.
The Guest Lecturer, Fadhilat Sheikh Abd Fatai Muh’ Raji (Athaqofy) said the present situation of things in the country is unpalatable, urging the Muslim scholars to come together and pray for the progress of their motherland.
According to him, the perceived disunity among the Islamic scholars due to knowledge superiority is not helping the religion and it is contradicting the progressive agenda of the country especially at a time when insecurity and poverty have become endemic.
Athaqofy enjoined Nigerians to endure and continue to work tirelessly and pray for the government’s efforts towards reviving the economy.
This, according to him, will make us achieve and enjoy the change that we desire.
He lauded President Buhari in his fight against corruption, while calling on politicians and public officers to work wholeheartedly for the nation without selfish interest and corrupt tendencies.
“There are so many rich people in this country that can even fund national budget, but many of them are mindless of social development, they are only interested in acquiring wealth at the expense of the entire populace because they are heartless. Many even buried the monies underground. These are monies that can be re-invested into the economy to generate employment,” he stated.
He noted that the country nation is filled with many hopeless and disabled people whom prayers could not help, but thorough warning would help them.
Among these people, he said, are some of the Muslim scholars who are now antagonizing themselves; corrupt leaders; unholy women; touts and devilish children that are opposing the will of Allah.
He said these set of people have dominated the helms of affairs in this country and the Ulamah can help by preaching fervently the way of Allah and pray for them to change for the better.
Sheikh Raji is however hopeful that the nation will begin to enjoy peace and tranquility soon, urging the Ulamah to seek forgiveness.
He quoted former President Olusegun Obasanjo as saying that Islam is the only religion that can drive the nation forward because he believes there is unity in Islam.
Lamenting that the pride of unity is now shaky, he said Muslim scholars are engaging in struggle for strength of knowledge thereby creating atmosphere of disunity among the Ummah.
“Until we come together in unity, we may continue like this. So we all need to understand ourselves and forget about our differences. Tribe, religious groups, believes and social background should be ignored. Let us move in the same direction to preach the genuine ethics of Islam and continue to pray for the nation,” he said.
The General Secretary, PAMAS, Alhaji Abdullah Salahudeen, lamented, “Muslims are being negligent of some of our duties towards mankind in general and fellow Muslims who are in need,”
He said: “The prophet (SAW) enjoined us to visit the sick, pray for them, assist those drown in debt and all those that are under bondage or incapacitated in one form or the other.
“PAMAS intends to undertake periodic visit to the Muslims in hospital, motherless babies homes, prison yard and old peoples home among others,” he said.
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