By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Muslims in the country have been urged to emulate teachings of Prophet Muhammad centered around charity, tolerance and peace co-existence of the people.
The urge was given by a lawmaker representing Akinyele constituency 1, in the Oyo State House of Assembly, saying, only charity, tolerance and peaceful co- existence can move the nation forward
Fatokun, Chairman Parliamentary Council in the Assembly made the call today, as Muslims are marking the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad — Malud Nabiyy.
According to him, today is Maulud Nabiyy, which marks the anniversary of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), urging Nigerians to imbibe the benefits of the teachings.
“The Federal Government has therefore, declared today November 11 as public holiday to commemorate the anniversary.”
The Legislator who felicitated with the Muslim faithfuls across the country, particularly Oyo residents who are joining the Muslim world to celebrate Maulud Nabiyy, said: “I, therefore want to use this auspicious occasion to call on Muslims to align themselves with the prophet’s teachings.
“His teachings border on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, among others.
“I enjoin faithfuls to continue to demonstrate in their lives, the good virtues of the Prophet, to promote peace and unity needed for the growth and development of our dear state and the country at large.”
He said Muslims should exhibit good conduct, be just, preach peace, be good to their neighbours and kind to children and the aged.
Hon. Fatokun said the celebration would provide Muslims the opportunity to reflect on the Prophet’s deeds and pronouncements, as well as the messages He brought from Allah.