Stay put on the religion that is straight forward
The Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria has called on Nigerians to stay put with the religion that is straight forward, saying, “If we do this, Allah will surely show us the way forward. We should learn the practice of our religion, which include love and understanding, and this will help us better the society, without cheating, embezzlement and corruption.”
This was a speech made at the 7th Triennial Congress of ANSAR-UD-DEEN Society of Nigeria, Northern States Council meeting held in Jos on Friday, by Prof M. Tahiru Yahya, who was the guest speaker.
According to him, there is nothing wrong in the belief and respect of other people’s religion, while observing that, “more is being done for people to say or see, but not what our religion teaches us,” adding that, “we have so many things in common with our Christian brothers and sisters, so there is the need for us to understand one another, while practicing his or her religion; Christians are closer to Muslims,” he said.
“We should use the guidelines that will help us know how Allah teaches, and must learn to invite some into our own religion.”
Prof Yahya said, “no one has the right to condemn someone to hell; even in other religions, too, only Allah can do that; therefore, we cannot condemn other people’s ways of worship, only Allah can do that. It is better for people, who believed in God to work together, because they have sufficient role to play for the society, and no one should force any body into their religion.”
Also speaking, the National Vice President of the society, Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim, said a true Muslim doesn’t involve in terrorism, saying that, those group claiming to be ‘fighting for Islam’ are wrecking havoc on the lives of innocent ones, which is not true of a Muslim.
He cautioned youth against restiveness and advised them to embrace peace and hard work, and to also acquire knowledge of Prophet Mohammad by emulating his teachings of the Holy Qur’an in their daily lives. According to him, any group rising up in the name of Islam, they are not fighting for Allah.
He said, the theme ‘Global Effect of Corruption and Insecurity on Islam’ was to extend the hand of fellowship to others’ faith, and urged Muslims to imbibe the teaching of love and understanding within their neighborhood, and warned those who link Islam with terrorism to see that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism activities.
The Plateau State governor, Barr Simon Lalong, advised Muslims not to allow terrorists to link violence with Islamic practice, because Islam is a peaceful religion. He urged Muslim leaders to condemn the act of terrorism. The governor was represented by the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Abdullahi Abbas, who further charged Muslims the world over to eschew violence and allow peace to reign for the total development the society.
The governor described the increasing number of corruption, which has destroyed the fibre of the society, as wearisome, saying, his administration is prepared to promote peaceful coexistence in the state and (re)build confidence to attract more investors.
He promised to be fair to all religions by embracing diverse cultural differences and to ensure that communities will be carried along in government projects and programmes.
In his welcome address, the host branch chairman, Alh. Abdulhamed Adeeso, informed that Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Jos, is one of the oldest branches in the North, which was founded in 1928, five years after the formation of the society in Lagos.