A Muslim Scholar and Chief Imam, Ileri Mosque, Owo, Ondo State, Alhaji Tomasi Akingbade has rejoiced with Nigerian Muslims Ummah and congratulated them for witnessing another New Hijrah Year 1451 A.H.
This was made known in a special message sent to the Ummah and Nigerian Muslims in celebration of the Muslim New Year “Hijrah” in his Owo, hometown, Ondo State.
He said it was of good delight and gratitude to the Almighty Allah that another year has come to meet the Ummah and Nigerian Muslims as a whole in good stand and equanimity inspite of all odds.
He further stated that the occasion was a vivid reminder of what Hijrah represents in the lives of Muslims, noting that Prophet Muhammad (S. A. W) had to emigrate from Makkah to Madinah in 622 C.E, after he exhausted his patience with the Makkah pagans who were persecuting him.
He added that his endurance and steadfastness eventually paid off in Madinah where he succeeded in establishing an Islamic state with the first democratic constitution in the world based on truth and justice that formed the foundation for other subsequent constitutions in the world.
“Without his endurance and patience, only Allah knows where would have become of Islam today, the essence of that historic endeavours is to enable Muslims know that after every period of difficulty, comes relief as contained in Chapter 94: 5 and 6 of the Glorious Qur’an”, Akingbade said.
He said the role of the Muslim Ummah in the celebration of Hijrah Year was to emulate the patience and endurance of Prophet Muhammad (S. A. W), which propelled Islam to a very high level within the shortest period ever in history.
“Thus, as we commemorate Hijrah memoriam this year, we should not let its real essence, that of patience with steadfastness be lost on us. Once again, we say congratulations and happy New Year and we pray that Almighty Allah to grant the Ummah and Nigerian Muslims the opportunity of this celebration many years ahead and preserve Nigeria for us as a single united nation”, Akingbade prayed.