As Muslims’ annual Ramadan enters the second week, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen- In -Islam Worldwide, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke JP has counselled Muslims to be virtuous throughout the period and beyond.
The Islamic leader also condemned in its entirety, the murder of a 74-year-old woman in Kano for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Mohammed, pointing out that the murder was not carried out by true muslims.
In his Ramadan message to the nation, Olagoke said, “I hope that the potency of Ramadan shall be seized as an advantage for wholesome practice of religion and sincere fasting in the month for the dividends of Islam to be realised as protective coat of arms, healing therapy, breaking fetters and removing the yoke as well as warding off evil for a safe and secured prosperous life with high hope for the blessing of the hereafter.”
He reminded all muslims to keep firmly to their medical directives during the 30-day fasting.
Olagoke who is the author of a book, “Ramadan: The Great Teacher,” said, “the mystery and enigma became more complex when the firebrand we call Ramadan roars from afar like thunder to herald in the great month and spark with the threat of lightning because of the truth and no-nonsense posture that cleared the environment of Haram intoxicants, prostitution, indiscipline and corruption, for its arrival.”
He enjoined muslim faithful to see the Ramadan period as an opportunity to give to the poor and the needy in the society.
Olagoke, also a Justice of Peace, described the murder of the septugerian in Kano as a travesty of justice, stressing that Islam as a religion, does not direct anybody to carry arms in order to win souls.
“I hereby call on the law enforcement agents to ensure that those who hide under the cloak of religion in Kano to wreak vengeance on their perceived enemies, to be brought to book.”
He advised those engaging in fasting to be security conscious during their prayers in various mosques, either in the morning or evening in view of criminal elements in the society.
Olagoke commended the Federal Government for its proactive measures put in place to checkmate the activities of terrorists and Niger Delta avengers in the nation.