By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
The Kogi State branch of Council of Ulama’u of Nigeria on Tuesday felicitated the Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Council, in a statement signed by its Secretary, Alhaji Idris Baba’Ango, urged the Muslim faithful to imbibe the teaching of Prophet Muhammad as well the significance of Eid-el-Kabir celebration which centres around peace, love and tolerance.
“We should learn to live peacefully with others irrespective of their religious affiliates, as well as a guide against any act that is inimical to the tenets of Islam.
“Islam is a religion of peace hence the need for practitioners to uphold the tenets and promote peaceful and harmonious co-existence amongst the citizenry.
“This year’s celebration is significant because our nation just transmitted power from one civilian administration to the other, hence the need for everyone to offer prayers for the success of the new administration.
“The celebration is not all about merry-making but it should be used to pray fervently for the political leadership of the country.
“The leadership of the country needs our collective prayers and as Muslim Ummah, we should use the occasion of this year’s celebration to pray fervently for the country.”
The statement read in part:
Full text of the statement reads: Compliments!
With gratitude for your standing understanding and co-operation, the Kogi State Council of Ulama’u hereby forward the under mentioned items for your necessary action, please.
At the down of this year’s Eidil-Kabir Sallah, the Council urges Muslims to observe the celebration with the spirit of strong faith in Allah as displayed by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and that of unflinching obedience as displayed to him by his son Ismail (Ishmael). 2 That faith and obedient are essential means to attaining fear of God which highly needed in today’s existence as the solution to all human and solutions to all problems.
The Council calls on all Imams to pray at the Eid ground for security of lives and properties as we approach November 2023 election in the state for peaceful conduct 2023 Governorship Election !
Council is highly grateful to His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his
Government for the enabling of Financial and Moral support to all religious bodies in the State, To address the challenges associated with Fuel Subsidy Removal, Council advised Government that Nigeria needs comprehensive reform focused on sustainable energy policies and targeted social intervention programme.
The Council appeals to the Muslims generally to donate their animal skin to the Council of Ulama’u Zakat skin banking for better utilisation and benefit of the Muslim Ummah” the statement concluded.
Signed: Council Secretary