By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Muslims and all lovers of peace and progress have been urged to abstain from vices and pray for Nigeria during Ramadan and beyond the holy month.
Speaking during a lecture held at Ile-Ogbo in Ayedire Local government, Osun State, with the theme, “Ramadan Fast and it’s Impact on Humanity”, Sheikh Musa Raji, the chief Imam of Telemu, a community in the local government said that fasting is a strong pillar of Islam.
According to him, “Ramadan is the 9th month on Islamic calendar, the most blessed among others by almighty Allah. It is a special month, one in which we all have to move closer to almighty Allah so as to benefit from the reward and packages that come with the month. Commune with Allah, especially during the last ten days.
“Ramadan comes with peace, blessing, forgiveness and breakthrough. There’s hardship in the land, but prayers are answered in this month. It is not too late to pray for yourself, your loved ones, this community, Osun State and Nigeria. Pain is part of the process but Allah doesn’t forsake His servant and whoever looks up to Him”, sheikh Musa said.
He then commended Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi and his “Idera de Foundation” for bringing muslims in the community and its environs together.
In their goodwill messages, the president of Osun State Musilim Community, Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi and Justice Jide Falola, corroborated sheikh Musa’s statements on Ramadan and the facilitator of the programme, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi.
Thereafter, in recognition of his philanthropist gestures and commitment to the development of Ile-Ogbo, Daarus-Salam School for Arabic and Islamic Studies, through her proprietor, Mr Qosim Abdukrasheed honoured Ogunbiyi with a merit award and appreciated his support for islamic bodies in the axis.
Speaking through Alhaji Afeez Ojesiji, Ogunbiyi felicitated with all Muslims and pledged to continue to support Islamic based programmes and activities.
He thanked all traditional rulers, clerics, religious bodies, associates, professionals and individuals behind the success of the lecture, especially for making the programme remarkable.
The lecture also had in attendance, Olu of Ile-Ogbo, Oba Adetoyese Agbaje; Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dikrulaji Akinropo; Onigege of Igege, Oba Kazeem Adio; Olu of Songbe, Oba Kamilu Ojelabi; Onisaraa of Feesu, Oba Moshood Alamu Oparonke; Oloja of Agberire, as well as Oba Oye Alajide.
Several other dignitaries, clerics and islamic adherent including Sheikh Abdrasheed Idris Fazaazi Mogaji, the chairman of Isokan Musulumi of Iwoland who doubled as the chairman of the lecture; sheikh Yaqub AbdulBaaqi, the Wazir of Yorubaland; sheikh Abdrasheed Adiatulahi, Supreme Council For Sheriah; Barrister Anbali Adisa, chairman of Osun State Muslim Lawyers Association; Alhaji Toafeek Soliu Oloyin, chief imam of Kuta; Alhaji Muritala Sanusi, Mufasir Ile-Ogbo, Dr Saheed Bello, Alhaji Najeem Ekate and host of others added glamour to the lecture.