By Amen Gajira
Muhammed Kassim, Deputy Chief Imam of Kafanchan Central Mosque in Kaduna State, called on the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to pray for an end to the security concerns plaguing the nation.
Kassim said the period of Ramadan offers an opportunity to seek divine intervention on the issue of banditry and kidnappings which has become endemic in the country.
According to him, the first day of Ramadan was important because it forces Muslims to pray for themselves, their families, the immediate community and the country as a whole.
“The first day of Ramadan means that Muslims are united because it shows that we have succumbed to the call of our leader, his eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto.
“We must pray for ourselves, the family, the community, the local government, the state and the country in general and remain law-abiding citizens,” he said.
The cleric said Muslims should show the beauty of Islam during the holy month by helping the needy and being fair and equitable in their dealings with others.
“During Ramadan, a Muslim is expected to offer help to the less privileged and needy and also to give food to his neighbors.
“Don’t wait for the rich man or woman to give. If you have N1,000 in your pocket, take it out and give 10 percent which is N100.
“He is also expected to pray and act with justice and equity; demonstrate humility and honesty in dealing with people, ” he added.
He urged Muslims not to engage in empty conversations during the fast, but rather to read the Holy Quran regularly and devote themselves to doing good things. (NOPE)
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