NASFAT clocks 21, renews commitment to harmony among religionists
Nasrul Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT) clocked 21 years on Saturday, March 5, 2016. And to mark the occasion, the leadership of the society held a world press conference where its accomplishments in the last two decades of existence were celebrated, the chief of which is NASFAT’s commitment to promoting peaceful co-existence among diverse religionists in the country.
NASFAT President, Alhaji Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa hammered this commitment in his speech at the conference recalling the inter-faith symposium the group staged in Abuja in 2012 that featured prominent personalities from Islam and Christianity with Peaceful Co-existence in a Multi-religious Society as theme.
By and large, Bolarinwa reiterated that programmes and activities of the society have been guided by NASFAT’s mission to “develop an enlightened Muslim society nurtured by true understanding of Islam for spiritual upliftment and welfare of mankind.”
The anniversary, he stated, provided “a unique opportunity for new partnerships for public enlightenment and mass education of people on what Islam truly stands for.” Bolarinwa urged the mass media to take up the challenge of always giving fair representation of Islam and Muslims as demanded by the ethics of the profession.
“As an Islamic society, we are proud to say we are already blazing a trail. Our schools are there for all to see and appreciate. Our university, Fountain University, Osogbo is a prime tertiary institution set up to deliver world-class secular and Islamic education primarily for Muslim students. We are setting up an Islamic Resource Centre to promote Islamic education, and make knowledge of Islam available and accessible to all who may wish to seek it.”
He enumerated some of the activities lined up to mark the occasion, which began on January 17, 2016 with the unveiling of the celebration Logo and Flag. Other highlights include exhibition of NASFAT PhotoBook; walk for religious harmony; free medical test; security conference; unveiling of Abuja mosque; lecture and appreciation award as well as the grand finale at the NASFAT Islamic Centre at Asese village, Lagos-Ibadan expressway on April 3.
Alhaji Bolarinwa also canvassed support for the government in order to lift Nigeria and Nigerians.
“While we remain non-partisan and apolitical, it is our view that all well-meaning Nigerians should support government efforts and programmes intended to restore dignity to our compatriots at home and abroad and improve the welfare of the people. The war on corruption is one such programme. We are, however, concerned that it is being seen solely as the President’s war. It is not. All of us Nigerians should see it as our war whose victory will ultimately lead to the enthronement of new ethos and values.”
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