Alhaji Akingbade stated this at a sermon to usher in Arafat day for Muslim organisation in his home town, Owo, Ondo State, noting that the sermon and prayer is necessary to pray for Nigeria as a country and its inhabitants.
He congratulated Muslims for the opportunity to witness another Eid-Ul-Adha, another name for Eid-El-Kabir, which is the festival of sacrifice, being the second of two Islamic holiday celebrated worldwide each year. Eid-Ul-Adha is considered the holier of the two celebrations.
He urged the Muslims to imbibe the lesson of the Eid-El-Kabir and make it a duty to sacrifice for others and to always remember those who are less fortunate than themselves, noting that selfishness, greed and corruption have not supposed to have a place in their lives and in their dealings with one another.
“Eid-El-Kabir offers an opportunity to remember the submission of Prophet Ibrahim, Allhaimu Salam to Allah, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another,” Akingbade said.
He noted that the period was one for spiritual perseverance, temperance, introspection and retrospection with the Almighty Allah, admonished the Muslims to use the celebration to renew their commitments to the virtues of love and peace taught by the Prophet Ibrahim, and also works towards achieving them.
He now called on Muslim faithfuls to remain steadfast to the teaching of Prophet Ibrahim (A. S. W.), follow his deeds and teaching during and after the sallah wholeheartedly.